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Find out more about our fascinating birds by browsing our A-Z guide. We've got more than 250 species covered, with videos, sound clips, photographs, illustrations and helpful articles.
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Did you know...?
...by December, Arctic tern chicks which hatched in the UK in spring will have flown all the way to Antarctica!
...long-tailed tits construct their nest from a mixture of moss, lichen, spiders' webs and feathers. It stretches to accommodate the growing family.
...the sparrowhawk is the bird of prey you're most likely to see in your garden. They're adapted for hunting in small spaces.
...swallows can have up to three broods of chicks before they migrate back to southern Africa for our winter.
...many of the tufted ducks in the UK during winter will have migrated here from Russia.
Baffled by a bird? If you're not sure what it is, try our interactive identifier. Tell us a bit about what you saw and we'll suggest some possible birds. More...
You don't need to know anything about birds to enjoy watching them. But what if you want to know how to tell one species from another? We have lots of useful advice and suggestions to help you learn. More...
The UK's birds can be split in to three categories of conservation importance - red, amber and green. More...
You've probably read about the latest birds to be added to the 'red list'. The cuckoo has joined other species like the house sparrow on the list of birds whose populations are in big trouble. But what does being on the list actually mean? And what are we doing to help the birds affected? More...