Species profiles

There could be as many as 35 crossbill species, and most Shore Larks are found anywhere but on the beach. Take an indepth look at these and many more species.

Rainbow Pitta. Photo: Chris Gooddie.

Chasing the rainbow

In an attempt to raise conservation awareness, as well as set a new world record, Chris Gooddie spent 2009 crossing the world in search of...

22/09/2010

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This diminutive wader is an excellent find anywhere in the country, usually only seen on passage, though some birds have bred in Scotland. Photo: Stuart Elsom (www.stuartelsom.co.uk)

Temminck's Stint

Easily overlooked, this small wader can turn up on almost any coastal or inland marsh, especially in spring. It is, however, often a tricky...

20/09/2010

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The highest numbers of Black Guillemots are found in Orkney and Shetland. Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com)

Black Guillemot

This small member of the auk family is always worth a closer look, as its colourful legs and mouth make it a most attractive species to...

20/09/2010

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Common Crossbill by Steve Young

Crossbills: the species puzzle

How many species of crossbill are there? David Callahan examines the taxonomy of this complicated genus and addresses the crucial question...

04/02/2010

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Dotterel by Steve Young

Dotterel

This most attractive of the plovers is also one of the most elusive. However, with perseverance it can be found on spring passage and there...

01/01/2010

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Dipper by Andrew 2606 (commons.wikimedia.org)

Dipper

This fascinating river bird has an extraordinary aquatic lifestyle. Dipper is the only songbird in Britain that feeds underwater and it has...

01/01/2010

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Great Grey Shrike by Marek Szczepanek (commons.wikimedia.org)

Great Grey Shrike

Handsome northern migrants which overwinter here in small numbers, Great Grey Shrike never fails to delight, and is always a thrilling part...

01/01/2010

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