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Online Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

Over 600 species of birds are illustrated and described!

>> Beginners Bird Identifier at the bottom of this page. A useful tool for any beginner birdwatcher.

>> Advanced Bird Identifier (Britain and Ireland only) click here. Great if you got a good view or know a bit about birds already.

>> Quickly Browse ID Guide | Browse Our Galleries

Header photographs by Alain Fosse, Paul Burrows, Paul Hackett, Graham Catley, Bill Baston click here for the list of photographer credits >>


Just Show Me British Birds Only (tick box)


Just Show Me British Birds Only


Enter the name of a bird:

Or select from the list below

Or Search by Colloquial Bird Name (eg Bonxie or Tystie)

Find the Scientific name or French translation for a name


Search for Birds by Habitat

Just Show Me British Birds Only

identify your garden bird

Instantly identify any bird! In just 4 easy steps using our form below. To make it simpler for you, only the most regular birds of Britain and Europe will be shown. HINT: If you are unsure of anything, just leave it blank. If you can't find your bird first time, try again by leaving some sections blank and you will get more results to choose from.

1Where did you see your bird?

Was it in...

Britain and Ireland?

Continental Europe?


2 How big was your bird?

Was it similar in size or smaller than a sparrow?

Was it larger than a sparrow but the same size or smaller than a pigeon?

Was it much larger than a pigeon?


3 What was the habitat?

Was your bird in or on a large body of water such as a lake or ocean?




4 What colours were on your bird?

Select one or more colors that you saw on the bird . If you are unsure of any colors, don't select those colors.

. Brown . Light Blue . Cream .
. Dark Brown . Blue Grey . Buff
. Red Brown . Red . Green
. Light Brown . Orange . Yellow
. Black . Purple . Olive
. White . Grey .. Pink
. Blue . Dark Grey .



Collins Bird Guide/Birds of Europe by Svensson and Grant

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