Birds (Aves)

Birds (class Aves) are a group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. Birds live worldwide and range in size from the 5 cm (2 in) bee hummingbird to the 2.75 m (9 ft) ostrich. They rank as the class of tetrapods with the most living species, at approximately ten thousand, with more than half of these being passerines, sometimes known as perching birds or, less accurately, as songbirds
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Anseriformes (Aquatic Birds)

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Charadriiformes (Waders, Gulls $ Auks)

  • Sub order Scolopaci (Snipe-like waders)
    • Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)
      • Curlew (Numenius arquata)
      • Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
      • Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
      • Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
      • Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
      • Greenshank (Tringa nebularis)
      • Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
      • Redshank (Tringa totanus)
  • Sub order Charadrii (Plover-like waders)
    • Avocets & Stilts (Recurvirotridae)
      • Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
    • Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
      • Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
    • Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwing (Charadriidae)
      • Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
      • Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
      • Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
      • Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
  • Sub order Lari
    • Gulls (Laridae)
      • Great Black-backed Gull (Larus Marinus)
      • European herring gull (Larus argentatus)
      • Common Gull (Larus canus)
      • Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
      • Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
      • Mediterranean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)
      • Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
    • Tern (Sternidae)
      • Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
      • Common tern (Sterna hirundo)
      • Sandwich tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

Passeriformes (Perching Birds)


  • Ardeidae (Heron)
    • Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
    • Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Podicipediformes (Grebe)

  • Podicipedidae
    • Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
    • Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
    • Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)


  • Cormorant (Phalacrocroracidae)
    • Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
    • Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

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