Britain has a surprisingly diverse set of commonly found birds, as showcased by this list of 20 of the most numerous:
1. Blue Tit
Renowned as one of the most attractive garden visitors.
2. Barn Owl
A distinctive, countryside bird which is popularly nocturnal.
One of the most common birds in the UK, known for its fantastic song.
Once protected by the monarchy, this elegant creature has become a staple of British culture. Several species are seen in Britain – with the Mute Swan being the most common.
5. Red Kite
This previously dwindling bird of prey has grown in numbers thanks to a protection scheme.
This adorable, kid’s favourite somewhat resembles a penguin.
This dazzling bird is often spotted next to rivers throughout the UK.
One of the nation’s favourite birds, the Robin is synonymous with winter.
As one of the UK’s smallest birds, the Wren packs a powerful voice.
The most common member of the finch family in the UK.
The most common duck in the UK.
This pretty bird is common British gardens.
13. Great Tit
The larger relative to the Blue Tit, it is another garden regular.
This graceful bird frequents waterways and fishes using it’s strong beak.
Often seen hovering over the British countryside, this small bird of prey hunts mice and small animals.
This noisy bird nests in huge numbers, often on city buildings, casing a racket at dusk.
The sound of the cuckoo is the inspiration for a thousand clocks.
18. House Sparrow
The humble house sparrow is the most common bird in Britain.
This pretty crested wading bird is a regular near water and farmland.
The arrival of this sleek bird is seen as heralding the start of summer.