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Birds of Europe

"Vögel" = birds

Including vagrants, ignoring occasional stragglers ("accidentals"), there are in total about 500 bird species in Europe, including its coastal waters and islands. These pages contain our slowly growing account of sightings, photography and sound recordings of European birds. Currently we have information available on 250 bird species, 33 of which were seen by us elsewhere, with 237 thumbnail images for those species of which we have reasonably good photos.

The second-tier navigation bar above provides links to a number of high-level pages and, in addition, to each of the 26 family groups of birds, following a convention introduced in the "Field Guide to Australian Birds" by Michael Morcombe. Hovering the cursor above the numbers, one can see which bird families each group comprises. The scientific and common names of all bird species presented on these pages are listed in an INDEX. The structure of the bird pages is explained here. Credits to contributors are given here. Comments are welcome.

Latest Updates
Cory's Shearwater
Griffon Vulture
Rueppell's Vulture
Ring-billed Gull
Added 01-03/04/2019
Cattle Egret
Grey Heron
Improved 05/04/2019
Short-toed Snake Eagle
European Honey Buzzard
Western Swamphen
American Herring Gull
Little Gull
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Added 28-30/03/2019
Little Ringed Plover
Greater Short-toed Lark
Improved 27-30/03/2019

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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