BIRD IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Publication Date15 March 2021
Date15 March 2021
Adapted to life at sea, these birds are swift fl iers and skilled swimmers and divers. Some spend much of their lives at sea, visiting land just to breed. Others live along the coast and even inland.

BLACK GUILLEMOT Length 30-32 cm Wingspan 52-58 cm Social unit Small flocks

GUILLEMOT Length 38-54 cm Wingspan 64-73 cm Social unit Small flocks

PUFFIN Length 26-29 cm Wingspan 47-63 cm Social unit Small flocks

RAZORBILL Length 37-39 cm Wingspan 63-67 cm Social unit Small flocks

KITTIWAKE Length 38-40 cm Wingspan 0.95-1.1m Social unit Large flocks

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Length 52-67 cm Wingspan 1.28-1.48 m Social unit Large flocks

LITTLE TERN Length 22-24 cm Wingspan 48-55 cm Social unit Small flocks

SANDWICH TERN Length 36-41 cm Wingspan 95-105 cm Social unit Flocks

FULMAR Length 45-50 cm Wingspan 1-1.12 m Social unit Flocks

GANNET Length 85-89 cm Wingspan 1.65-1.8 m Social unit Flocks

GOLDEN PLOVER Length 26-29 cm Wingspan 67-76 cm Social unit Winter flocks

GREY PLOVER Length 27-30 cm Wingspan 71-83 cm Social unit Winter flocks

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Length 14-15 cm Wingspan 48-57 cm Social unit Winter flocks

RINGED PLOVER Length 17-19 cm Wingspan 48-57 cm Social unit Winter flocks

GREENSHANK Length 30-35 cm Wingspan 53-60 cm Social unit Small flocks

REDSHANK Length 27-29 cm Wingspan 45-52 cm Social unit Winter flocks

LAPWING Length 28-31 cm Wingspan 70-76 cm Social unit Winter flocks

OYSTERCATCHER Length 40-45 cm Wingspan 80-85 cm Social unit Large flocks

SANDERLING Length 20-21 cm Wingspan 36-39 cm Social unit Winter flocks

SNIPE Length 25-28 cm Wingspan 37-43 cm Social unit Small flocks

TURNSTONE Length 21-24 cm Wingspan 44-49 cm Social unit Flocks

WHIMBREL Length 40-46 cm Wingspan 71-81 cm Social unit Spring flocks

MALLARD (MALE) Length 50-65 cm Wingspan 81-95 cm Social unit Flocks

MALLARD (FEMALE) Length 50-65 cm Wingspan 81-95 cm Social unit Flocks

GOOSANDER Length 57-69 cm Wingspan 82-98 cm Social unit Small flocks

PINTAIL (FEMALE) Length 53-70 cm Wingspan 80-95 cm Social unit Flocks

POCHARD (FEMALE) Length 42-49 cm Wingspan 72-82 cm Social unit Large flocks

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (FEMALE) Length 51-62 cm Wingspan 70-85 cm Social unit Families/flocks

BLACK-HEADED GULL Length 34-37 cm Wingspan 1-1.1 m Social unit Large flocks

COMMON GULL Length 38-44 cm Wingspan 1.05-1.25 m Social unit Flocks

ARCTIC TERN Length 32-35 cm Wingspan 80-95 cm Social unit Flocks

COMMON TERN Length 31-35 cm Wingspan 82-95 cm Social unit Flocks

GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL Length 64-78 cm Wingspan 1.5-1.7 m Social unit Flocks

HERRING GULL Length...

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