About birds

Bird of the Month - Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl. Photograph by Amy Lewis
Asio flammeus
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1400 Pairs (Summer)
6 years 7 months 28 days (Recorded in 1963)
Tundra, marsh, moor, grassland
Small mammals, esp. voles, also some birds

Get the latest bird trends

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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Greenfinch & Siskin. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes

Not all green finches are Greenfinches. There are a number of green and yellow finches that visit garden feeders, some common, some much more rare.