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Birds of Europe

"Vögel" = birds

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Lesser Whitethroat

Including vagrants, ignoring occasional stragglers ("accidentals"), there are in total about 571 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 313 bird species, 33 of which were seen by us elsewhere, with 294 thumbnail images for those species of which we have reasonably good photos.

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.

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.

Latest Updates
Red-breasted Goose
Smew
Northern Fulmar
Pygmy Cormorant
Black-legged Kittiwake
Black Wheatear
Added 08-26/10/2019
Great White Pelican
European Shag
Common Snipe
Great Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Dunnock
Eurasian Blackcap
European Greenfinch
Common Chaffinch
White Wagtail
Improved 08-25/10/2019

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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If interested, please CLICK HERE. Credits to contributors are given HERE.