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Reed Bunting

The Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) breeds across Europe and in parts of Asia. Most of the birds are migratory birds that migrate to more southerly parts of Europe in the fall.
The Reed Bunting lives in reed beds, the marshes, in the birch forest and in the low alpine zone with willow belts.
The Reed Bunting feeds on insects in summer and at other times of seeds.



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Bee-eater

Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) breeds in southern Europe and in parts of northern Africa and western India.



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Great Blue Heron


The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large heron,common over most of North America and Central America as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to Europe.



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Tooth-billed pigeon

The tooth-billed pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris), also known as the manumea, is a large pigeon found only in Samoa.
National Bird of Samoa



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Skylark

The Skylark (Alauda arvensis) nests in large parts of the Palaearctic mostly south of the Arctic Circle except in desert areas. Most are migratory birds. Birds of Britain has been introduced to an area near Vancouver in Canada where the species is now established.
The bird builds its nest of grass on the ground.
Skylark is mainly associated with the warbling song that is performed while the bird is in the air. It feeds on insects and seeds.


Rough-legged Buzzard

The Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) called the Rough-legged Hawk in North America, breed in tundra and taiga habitats of North America and Eurasia. The Rough-legged Buzzard occurring in North America migrate to the central United States for the winter, while Eurasian Individuals migrate to southern Europe and Asia.
The nest is built on a cliff or tall tree.


The Rough-legged Buzzard is largely dependent on the availability of lemmings. In good lemming years, the bird can lay up to seven eggs and when lemmings are missing the nesting might not occur.



Rough-legged Buzzard sketch painting. Bird art drawing by illustrator Artmagenta.
Rough-legged Buzzard

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Lapland Longspur

The Lapland Bunting or Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) is a migratory bird that has an almost circumpolar breeding range from the Scandinavian mountain chain, the arctic Eurasia, Alaska, Canada, the northernmost United States, and Greenland's west coast. The Lapland Bunting winters in the steppes of Russia and Central Asia from the Black Sea and east to North Korea and Japan in the U.S., Denmark, in the British Isles and along the northern West European coastal areas.
It prefers to breed on high, and very wet heaths and bogs.
In the summer bird's diet consists mainly of insects. In winter they eat seeds.



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Merlin

The Merlin (Falco columbarius) is a compact, small falcons that nest circumpolar in the northern hemisphere and is the smallest falcon in Europe. The species has a northern circumpolar distribution and breeds in Iceland, British Isles, Scandinavia, Baltic States, northern Asia and North America. Most of the world population are migrants.
The Merlin often nests in abandoned nests by corvids or pigeons.
The Merlin hunts mainly birds, but sometimes rodents and insects. The Merlin can take its prey in the air and on the ground. The Merlin likes to sit on a slightly elevated location looking for prey.



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Hoopoe

The Hoopoe  (Upupa epops) is found in much of Europe, Asia and North Africa. Hoopoe is partially migratory while the southern populations are sedentary. The European population moves in August to October to wintering areas in Africa, and will return in April to May.
Hoopoe nests in tree holes, among blocks of stone, often stone walls.
Hoopoe feeds on large insects and small lizards, and likes to pick in droppings for food.
The Hoopoe is Israel's national bird.



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Griffon Vulture

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large vulture in the bird of prey family. Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffon Vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.



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Siskin

The Eurasian Siskin  (Carduelis spinushas a northern palearktisk distribution and occurs from Ireland in the west and as far east as Japan. It is partly migratory and wintering as far south as the Mediterranean and China.
During the winter the bird lives mainly of seed, and also eat the seeds of the herb and grass vegetation, and insects.



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Glaucous Gull

The Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) breeds in the arctic regions of northern Russia, on islands in northern Siberia, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and the Midway Islands in the Pacific. Most birds are migratory. In winter you finc the Glaucous Gull in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Ocean as far south as the British Isles and northern United States, including in the Great Lakes. Some birds sometimes reach the southern U.S. and northern Mexico.
The Glaucous Gull nests on the coastline of rocky shores or steep grassy slopes, but can also breed several kilometers inland on cliffs or on small islands in lakes.
The Glaucous Gull is omnivores. They forage while swimming or walking, but can also pick up food from the water and catch small birds while flying. The gulls often follow fishing boats.


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Rosy-faced Lovebird

Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) also known as the Peach-faced Lovebird. Its original distribution area is dry, open areas in southwestern Africa. Distribution area stretches across Angola, Namibia, Namib Desert to the lower parts of the Orange river valley in northwestern South Africa. It occurs at altitudes up to 1600 meters in the large-leaved woodland, semi-desert and mountain areas.
It is dependent on access to water and gather food where there is fresh water to drink.


Escaped cage birds inhabit many parts of the world such as Arizona and London.

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Sanderling

Sanderlings (Calidris alba) nest circumpolar in the Arctic and is a long migrants that winter in South America, Africa and Australia. More than 25% of the population that moves along the eastern Atlantic, winters in the islands Bijag├│s in Guinea-Bissau, Africa.
In the spring the sanderlings return to the arctic tundra and lays 3-4 eggs in a pit on the ground, which is sparingly lined with grass and lichens.
On the breeding grounds the birds eat mostly insects and some plant material. In winter, the diet consists of small crabs and other small invertebrates which it picks in the water at the beach.



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Shag

The Common Shag or European Shag  (Phalacrocorax aristotelissearch for food in the sea, and unlike the Cormorant, it is very rare further inland.The Shag make very deep dives and dives down to 45 meters deep have been observed. Favorite food is the sand eel. The birds move long distances between the plaes for food search and the place where they spend the night. They nest along the coast on cliffs, in rock-pools or small caves. The nest consists of a single sloppy pile of seaweed or twigs that are cemented together with the bird's own guano.
Common Shag sketch painting. Bird art drawing by illustrator Artmagenta
European Shag

Snowy Owl

Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is an owl occurring in the tundra around the Arctic coasts. It is found in Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Scotland, in the Scandinavian mountain chain, Finland, and Russia. Most breed in Siberia, Alaska and Canada and only a handful in Europe.
The Snowy Owl nests above the tree line, on heaths and similar vast, open areas with slightly undulating terrain. The bird places its nest on the ground that consists of a uppskrapad pit on top of a pile of stones, but it can also nest in abandoned eagle nests.
Snowy owls live almost exclusively on rodents like lemmings and voles, but sometimes also takes birds, especially grouse.


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Garganey

The Garganey (Anas querquedula) is a migratory bird that breeds locally throughout most of the Western Palearctic and winters in northern tropical areas of East and West Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.


The Garganey lives of insects, crustaceans, molluscs, seeds and aquatic plants. Above all, the Garganey prefer animal food. The birds take their food directly from surface or shallow subsurface.

Red Grouse

The Red Grouse ( Lagopus lagopus scotica) is different from the Willow Grouse and Ptarmigan in its plumage which is red brown and that it does not have a white winter plumage. The Red Grouse is endemic to the British Isles, it has evolved in isolation from other subspecies of the Willow Grouse, which is widespread in northern parts of Eurasia and North America. It is available in most parts of Scotland, including Orkney, Shetland and most of the Outer Hebrides. The Red Grouse is known as the logo for The Famous Grouse whiskey.
The Red Grouse
is a famous grouse



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Hen Harrier


The Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) or Northern Harrier is a migratory bird that breeds across the northern parts of the northern hemisphere, in Canada, USA and northern Eurasia. In winter, the palearctic populations move to more southern areas of Europe, northern Africa and temperate Asia, and occurs as far north as southern Sweden and northern Britain. The nearktiska populations moving to the more southern parts of the United States, to Mexico and Central America. In the milder breeding areas, such as France, Britain and southern U.S. species can occur year round. Hen Harrier is a bird of prey that breeds in heathland and wetlands, but even in rural cultivation in Eurasia.
The hen harriers place their nests  directly on the ground.
The hen harrier hunts small mammals and birds by surprise attacks, by slowly gliding over fields and moors. This harrier tends to be a very vocal bird while it glides over its hunting ground.

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Arctic Loon

Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica) is known as Arctic Loon in North America and Black-throated Diver in Eurasia.
Arctic loon nests in Scotland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, eastward through Siberia in Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Alaska. The Arctic loon is a bird which nests in clear fish-filled lakes in the interior or in bays and moving in winter to marine areas.
The bird places its nest on the ground, often on a tuft on the beach or a short distance up on land.

Arctic Loon is a bird drawing by artist and illustrator Artmagenta
Arctic Loon


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