About birds

Bird of the Month - Teal

Teal. Photograph by Jill Pakenham
Anas crecca
2100 Pairs (Summer)
18 years 0 months 20 days (Recorded in 1988)
Lakes, marshes, ponds & shallow streams
Omnivorous, mostly seeds in winter

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Go to the BirdTrends area of our site for the latest information on changes in the numbers and breeding performance of the UK's birds.

Early breeders fall on hard times

Numbers of early breeders are falling rapidly, such as Tawny Owl, Mistle Thrush and Dipper.


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BirdFacts gives in depth information about all of the 580 species recorded in the wild in Britain. For each bird, BirdFacts provides details of Population and Distribution, Breeding and Survival and Biometrics, along with other fascinating facts.

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Guillemot. Photograph by northeastwildlife.co.uk

In Autumn and winter we tend to see Auks flying rapidly past or bobbing around in heavy seas offering poor views. Without their distinctive breeding plumage and colouring, winter Auks can be a serious challenge to identify.