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Long-eared Owl
2006-08-17 19:08:55

The Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae. It breeds in Europe, Asia and North America. The breeding season lasts from February to July. It is partially migratory, moving south in the winter from the northern parts of its range. Its habitat is forest close to open country. The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl, 12 to 14.5 inches in length with a 34 to...

Brown Wood Owl
2006-08-17 16:21:46

The Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) is an owl which is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. It is a scarce resident of dense forests. It is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae. The Brown Wood Owl is a medium large owl at 17.5 to 22.5 inches high. The upper parts are uniformly dark brown with faint white spotting...

Eurasian Eagle Owl
2006-08-17 16:00:42

The Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of horned owl resident to much of Europe and Asia. It is largely nocturnal and is found in mountains and forests with cliffs and rocky areas. It usually nests on cliff ledges. The Eagle Owl is the largest species of owl with a wingspan up to 79 inches and weighing as much as 9 pounds, in comparison the Barn Owl weighs about 17.5 ounces. Their...

Blue Tit
2006-08-14 10:50:44

The Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird and most birds do not migrate. The azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, give the Blue...

Barn Swallow
2006-07-30 13:03:23

The Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, is a small migratory perching bird found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It has a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. The nominate European subspecies, H. r. rustica, has dark blue-black upper sides, off-white undersides and a small patch of red on the throat, with a broad dark blue-black breast band separating the red throat from...

Sand Martin
2006-07-30 12:48:23

The Sand Martin, Riparia riparia, is a migratory passerine* bird in the swallow family. It has a wide range in summer, taking up practically the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean countries, part of northern Asia and also North America, where it is called Bank Swallow. It winters in eastern and southern Africa, southern Asia and South America. The Sand Martin is brown above, white below...

Greater Flameback
2006-06-30 15:04:27

The Greater Flameback, (Chrysocolaptes lucidus), also known as the Large Golden-backed Woodpecker or Malherbe's Golden-backed Woodpecker, is a woodpecker which is a widespread and common resident breeder from the Indian subcontinent eastwards through tropical southern Asia to the Philippines and Indonesia. This flameback is a species associated with fairly open forest. It is found in the...

Green Woodpecker
2006-06-30 14:50:27

The Green Woodpecker, (Picus viridis, sometimes called Yaffle), is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae. It resides in most parts of Europe, and in western Asia. The Green Woodpecker is probably the best known, though not always the most common of the European woodpecker species. Its large size, 11.5 to 14 inches in length and a 17.5 to 20 inch wingspan, prominent dress, loud call...

2006-03-31 16:32:31

The Redwing (Turdus iliacus) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae found throughout northern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, with many northern birds moving south during the winter. It is a very rare breeder in Great Britain and Ireland, but winters in large numbers in these countries. Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often with fieldfares. It...

Lesser Grey Shrike
2006-03-23 11:33:50

The Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) is a member of the shrike family Laniidae. This species breeds throughout southeastern Europe and into Asia where it prefers dry open lowlands, often seen on telephone wires It is similar in appearance to the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) and the Southern Grey Shrike (L. meridionalis). Slightly smaller than the Great Grey Shrike, this bird has a...