Identifying Hirundines and Swift

With their swept back wings and aerial lifestyle hirundines (Swallow, Sand and House Martins) and the similar, but unrelated, Swift often cause ID headaches. Let us help you to separate these amazing summer visitors.

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Recent Bird ID videos

Reed Bunting. Photograph by Liz Cutting
Brown, streaky buntings can be an ID headache! This video tackles four species that can be found in coastal areas in winter: Reed, Little, Snow and Lapland Buntings.
Mandarin Duck. Photograph by Neil Calbrade
Despite being non-native, these stunningly beautiful birds are commonly encountered and can cause confusion.
Golden Eagle. Photograph by Sarah Kelman
Here we look at how you can confidently separate all three species of large raptor.