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Scientific Index to Photo Galleries - Based on Official BOU British List



Tip: Use Ctrl-F to search this index, then click on the underlined name to go to the photo gallery page for the species.

Note: Although this list is based on the latest order and names published in the official BOU 'British List', many people will be more familiar with the older taxonomic list used in many bird books.  To see an alternative index based on the older taxonomy, click on the link at the top-right of this page.

Scientific name

Common or Vernacular Name

International English Name (where different)

Category A to C species:

Cygnus olor

Mute Swan

Cygnus columbianus

Bewick's Swan

Tundra Swan

Cygnus cygnus

Whooper Swan

Anser brachyrhynchus

Pink-footed Goose

Anser albifrons

White-fronted Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser erythropus

Lesser White-fronted Goose

Anser anser

Greylag Goose

Branta canadensis

Canada Goose

Branta leucopsis

Barnacle Goose

Branta bernicla

Brent Goose

Brant Goose

Alopochen aegyptiacus

Egyptian Goose

Tadorna ferruginea

Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna

Shelduck

Aix galericulata

Mandarin Duck

Anas penelope

Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Anas strepera

Gadwall

Anas crecca

Teal

Eurasian Teal

Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard

Anas acuta

Pintail

Northern Pintail

Anas querquedula

Garganey

Anas clypeata

Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Netta rufina

Red-crested Pochard

Aythya ferina

Pochard

Common Pochard

Aythya collaris

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck

Aythya fuligula

Tufted Duck

Aythya marila

Scaup

Greater Scaup

Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup

Somateria mollissima

Eider

Common Eider

Clangula hyemalis

Long-tailed Duck

Melanitta nigra

Common Scoter

Black Scoter

Bucephala clangula

Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Mergellus albellus

Smew

Mergus serrator

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus merganser

Goosander

Common Merganser

Oxyura jamaicensis

Ruddy Duck

Lagopus lagopus scotica

Red Grouse

Willow Ptarmigan

Alectoris rufa

Red-legged Partridge

Perdix perdix

Grey Partridge

Phasianus colchicus

Pheasant

Common Pheasant

Gavia stellata

Red-throated Diver

Red-throated Loon

Gavia arctica

Black-throated Diver

Black-throated Loon

Gavia immer

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Loon

Fulmarus glacialis

Fulmar

Northern Fulmar

Morus bassanus

Gannet

Northern Gannet

Phalacrocorax carbo

Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Shag

European Shag

Butorides virescens

Green Heron

Bubulcus ibis

Cattle Egret

Egretta garzetta

Little Egret

Ardea alba

Great White Egret

Great Egret

Ardea cinerea

Grey Heron

Plegadis falcinellus

Glossy Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

Sacred Ibis

(not in BOURC list)

Podilymbus podiceps

Pied-billed Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps auritus

Slavonian Grebe

Horned Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Black-necked Grebe

Milvus milvus

Red Kite

Accipiter nisus

Sparrowhawk

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Buteo buteo

Buzzard

Common Buzzard

Aquila chrysaetos

Golden Eagle

Falco tinnunculus

Kestrel

Common Kestrel

Falco vespertinus

Red-footed Falcon

Falco columbarius

Merlin

Falco subbuteo

Hobby

Eurasian Hobby

Falco peregrinus

Peregrine

Peregrine Falcon

Rallus aquaticus

Water Rail

Gallinula chloropus

Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Fulica atra

Coot

Common Coot

Haematopus ostralegus

Oystercatcher

Eurasian Oystercatcher

Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt

Recurvirostra avosetta

Avocet

Pied Avocet

Charadrius dubius

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Ringed Plover

Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius morinellus

Dotterel

Eurasian Dotterel

Pluvialis apricaria

Golden Plover

European Golden Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Grey Plover

Vanellus vanellus

Lapwing

Northern Lapwing

Calidris canutus

Knot

Red Knot

Calidris alba

Sanderling

Calidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper

Calidris alpina

Dunlin

Philomachus pugnax

Ruff

Gallinago gallinago

Snipe

Common Snipe

Limnodromus scolopaceus

Long-billed Dowitcher

Limosa limosa

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Bar-tailed Godwit

Numenius phaeopus

Whimbrel

Numenius hudsonicus

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Numenius arquata

Curlew

Eurasian Curlew

Actitis hypoleucos

Common Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus

Green Sandpiper

Tringa erythropus

Spotted Redshank

Tringa nebularia

Greenshank

Common Greenshank

Tringa totanus

Redshank

Common Redshank

Arenaria interpres

Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Phalaropus fulicarius

Grey Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Stercorarius parasiticus

Arctic Skua

Parasitic Jaeger

Stercorarius skua

Great Skua

Xema sabini

Sabine's Gull

Rissa tridactyla

Kittiwake

Black-legged Kittiwake

Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull

Common Black-headed Gull

Hydrocoloeus minutus

Little Gull

Larus atricilla

Laughing Gull

Larus melanocephalus

Mediterranean Gull

Larus canus

Common Gull

Mew Gull

Larus delawarensis

Ring-billed Gull

Larus fuscus

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus argentatus

Herring Gull

Larus glaucoides

Iceland Gull

Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull

Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias niger

Black Tern

Sterna sandvicensis

Sandwich Tern

Sterna hirundo

Common Tern

Sterna paradisaea

Arctic Tern

Uria aalge

Guillemot

Common Murre

Alca torda

Razorbill

Cepphus grylle

Black Guillemot

Fratercula arctica

Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Columba livia

Feral Pigeon

Common Pigeon

Columba oenas

Stock Dove

Columba palumbus

Woodpigeon

Common Wood Pigeon

Streptopelia decaocto

Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Psittacula krameri

Ring-necked Parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Cuculus canorus

Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo

Tyto alba

Barn Owl

Athene noctua

Little Owl

Strix aluco

Tawny Owl

Asio flammeus

Short-eared Owl

Apus apus

Swift

Common Swift

Alcedo atthis

Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Upupa epops

Hoopoe

Eurasian Hoopoe

Picus viridis

Green Woodpecker

European Green Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos minor

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lanius excubitor

Great Grey Shrike

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Chough

Red-billed Chough

Pica pica

Magpie

Eurasian Magpie

Garrulus glandarius

Jay

Eurasian Jay

Corvus monedula

Jackdaw

Western Jackdaw

Corvus frugilegus

Rook

Corvus corone

Carrion Crow

Corvus cornix

Hooded Crow

Corvus corax

Raven

Northern Raven

Regulus regulus

Goldcrest

Cyanistes caeruleus

Blue Tit

Parus major

Great Tit

Periparus ater

Coal Tit

Poecile montana

Willow Tit

Panurus biarmicus

Bearded Tit

Bearded Reedling

Lullula arborea

Woodlark

Wood Lark

Alauda arvensis

Skylark

Sky Lark

Eremophila alpestris

Shore Lark

Horned Lark

Riparia riparia

Sand Martin

Hirundo rustica

Swallow

Barn Swallow

Delichon urbicum

House Martin

Common House Martin

Hirundo daurica / Cecropis daurica

Red-rumped Swallow

Aegithalos caudatus

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Bushtit

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus collybita

Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus trochilus

Willow Warbler

Sylvia atricapilla

Blackcap

Eurasian Blackcap

Sylvia borin

Garden Warbler

Sylvia communis

Whitethroat

Common Whitethroat

Sylvia undata

Dartford Warbler

Locustella naevia

Grasshopper Warbler

Common Grasshopper Warbler

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Sedge Warbler

Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Reed Warbler

Eurasian Reed Warbler

Bombycilla garrulus

Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Sitta europaea

Nuthatch

Eurasian Nuthatch

Certhia familiaris

Treecreeper

Eurasian Treecreeper

Troglodytes troglodytes

Wren

Winter Wren

Sturnus vulgaris

Starling

Common Starling

Cinclus cinclus

Dipper

White-throated Dipper

Turdus torquatus

Ring Ouzel

Turdus merula

Blackbird

Common Blackbird

Turdus pilaris

Fieldfare

Turdus philomelos

Song Thrush

Turdus iliacus

Redwing

Turdus viscivorus

Mistle Thrush

Muscicapa striata

Spotted Flycatcher

Erithacus rubecula

Robin

European Robin

Phoenicurus ochruros

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Redstart

Common Redstart

Saxicola rubetra

Whinchat

Saxicola torquatus

Stonechat

Eurasian Stonechat

Oenanthe oenanthe

Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Oenanthe deserti

Desert Wheatear

Ficedula hypoleuca

Pied Flycatcher

Eurasian Pied Flycatcher

Prunella modularis

Dunnock

Passer domesticus

House Sparrow

Passer montanus

Tree Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Motacilla flava

Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla alba

White Wagtail

Motacilla alba yarrellii

Pied Wagtail

White Wagtail (subspecies)

Anthus trivialis

Tree Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Meadow Pipit

Anthus petrosus

Rock Pipit

Eurasian Rock Pipit

Fringilla coelebs

Chaffinch

Fringilla montifringilla

Brambling

Carduelis chloris

Greenfinch

European Greenfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Goldfinch

European Goldfinch

Carduelis spinus

Siskin

Eurasian Siskin

Carduelis cannabina

Linnet

Common Linnet

Carduelis flavirostris

Twite

Carduelis cabaret

Lesser Redpoll

Loxia curvirostra

Common Crossbill

Red Crossbill

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Bullfinch

Eurasian Bullfinch

Plectrophenax nivalis

Snow Bunting

Emberiza citrinella

Yellowhammer

Emberiza schoeniclus

Reed Bunting

Common Reed Bunting

Emberiza calandra

Corn Bunting

Category E species:

Cygnus atratus

Black Swan

Aix sponsa

Carolina Duck