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Birds

There are very many bird species on earth. They come in many sizes and colours, but all birds are remarkably similar in build. Birds have a beak and are covered in feathers. Birds have two legs only. The frond legs have become wings. And yes, all birds lay eggs. Birds are the only descendants from the dinosaurs still in existence. Being able to fly they have little competition from other animals. The only other larger animals capable of flying are the bats. Of course we do know exotic creatures like flying dogs and flying fish. But these do not fly really, they are merely capable of gluiding through the air. Some birds can not fly, but still have wings. Many running birds, such as oistriches, use their wings balancing when walking. Other birds, such as pinguins, use their wings te swim. Birds are very common in gardens. You may easily identify over 50 species in an ordinary garden.


photograph Turdus merula
Blackbird Turdus merula, male

The male Blackbird is black and has an orange beak. more...


photograph Turdus merula
Blackbird Turdus merula, female

The female Blackbird is brownish, including her beak. more...


photograph Turdus philomelos
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

The Song Thrush is a good bird in the garden. Not only does it sing beautifully, it also loves eating snails. more...


photograph Turdus iliacus
Redwing Turdus iliacus

It is obvious why it is called the Redwing. more...


photograph Erithacus rubecula
Robin Erithacus rubecula

The cheeky robin is a very populair bird in gardens. more...


photograph Passer domesticus
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

The House Sparrow is the most common bird in cities and villages. more...


photograph Passer montanus
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Outside cities and villages the Tree Sparrow replaces the House Sparrow. more...


photograph Prunella modularis
Hedge Sparrow Prunella modularis

The Dunnock or Hedge Sparrow is not closely related to the other sparrows. more...


photograph Parus major
Great Titmouse Parus major

The Great Tit usually is among the first birds to visit your feeder in winter. more...


photograph Cyanistes caeruleus
Blue Titmouse Cyanistes caeruleus

The Blue Tit is a colourful, cheeky little bird. more...


photograph Poecile palustris
Marsh Titmouse Poecile palustris

The Marsh Tit is a rather local species, but like most tits not very shy. more...


photograph Lophophanes cristatus
Crested Titmouse Lophophanes cristatus

The Crested Titmouse can only be seen in gardens near pine forests. more...


photograph Periparus ater
Coal Titmouse Periparus ater

In our part of the world this is the smalles titmouse. more...


photograph Aegithalos caudatus
Long-tailed titmouse Aegithalos caudatus

The Long-tailed titmouse usually is seen in family flocks. more...


photograph Fringilla coelebs
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

In winter our own chaffinches are joined by Scandinavian animals, so there are lots of them! more...


photograph Chloris chloris
Greenfinch Chloris chloris

Most common finch in my garden. All year round. more...


photograph Carduelis spinus
Siskin Carduelis spinus

The Siskin turns up in my garden irregularly and in winter only. more...


photograph Regulus regulus
Goldcrest Regulus regulus

The Goldcrest is the smallest bird in my garden. more...


photograph Phylloscopus collybita
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

The Goldcrest is the smallest bird in my garden. more...


photograph Corvus corone
Carrion Crow Corvus corone

The Carrion Crow is one of our biggest Passerine birds. more...


photograph Corvus cornix
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix

In Britain the Hooded Crow is found in Scotland and Ireland mainly. more...


photograph Coloeus monedula
Jackdaw Coloeus monedula

The Jackdaw is the smallest crow in Western Europe. more...


photograph Pica pica
Magpie Pica pica

The Magpie helps to control the number of smaller birds. more...


photograph Garrulus glandarius
Jay Garrulus glandarius

The Jay is a beautiful bird living in forests. more...


photograph Sitta europaea
Nuthatch Sitta europaea

The Nuthatch is the only bird capable of descending trees, even face down. more...


photograph Sturnus vulgaris
Starling Sturnus vulgaris

The battle is still going on. Who will eat the cherries first: you or the Starling?. more...


photograph Ficedula hypoleuca
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

The Pied Flycatcher accepts nesting boxes easily. more...


photograph Anthus trivialis
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

The Tree Pipit is almost identical to the Meadow Pipit. You need an expert to tell them apart. more...


photograph Anthus trivialis
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

A small, ball-shaped bird with a little tail pointing upwards and singing in winter too: the Winter Wren. more...


photograph Columba livia domestica
Domestic Pigeon Columba livia domestica

The Domestic Pigeon is the tame version of the Rock Pigeon. more...


photograph Columba palumbus
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

The Wood Pigeon is a cautious bird, for it is on the menu of many animals, including humans. more...


photograph Collared Dove
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

The Collared Dove is a bird conquering the world thanks to humans. more...


photograph Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

The Green Woodpecker is very keen on ants. more...


photograph Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is the most common of the three Spotted Woodpeckers in Holland. more...


photograph Indian Peafowl
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus

We only have photographs of the hens and the chicks of the Indian Peafowl. more...


photograph Hybrid Duck
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

True Mallards and Hybrid Ducks are often seen together in parks. more...


photograph Hybrid Duck
Hybrid Duck Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

The Hybrid Duck is the result of a crossing between the Mallard and a domestic duck. more...


photograph Mandarine Duck
Mandarine Duck Aix galericulata

This female of the Mandarin Duck was our guest in garden and pond for about one week. more...


photograph Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck Athya fuligula

A rather small duck with a tuft: the Tufted Duck. more...


photograph Greylag Goose
Greylag Goose Anser anser

Nowadays the Greylag Goose is even breeding in city parks. more...


photograph Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca

The Egyptian Goose lives in Africa, but now breeds in the wild in parts of Western Europe too. more...


photograph Mute Swan
Mute Swan Cygnus olor

The Mute Swan is one of the most elegant wild birds in Western Europe. more...


photograph Pennant Rosella
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans

This is an escaped parrot, named Crimson Rosella and from Australia originally. more...


photograph Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus

Most common gull in Europe and not only on the coast, but inland as well: the Black-headed Gull. more...


photograph Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

The Lesser Black-backed Gull is found nesting on roof tops more and more, even far away from the coast. more...


photograph Grey Heron
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

The Grey Heron considers garden ponds as excellent restaurants. more...


photograph Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

The Great Cormorant regularly visits the park right next to my dwellings. more...


photograph Coot
Coot Fulica atra

The Coot is common in parks among ducks, swans and geese. It has a white beak. more...


photograph Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

The Common Moorhen is common in parks as well, but is usually a rather shy bird. It's beak is red. more...


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