All of the species on this page have been recorded in the wild in Europe or its offshore waters, although not all of the photos shown here were necessarily taken in Europe. Although I have taken photos of most of the birds on the British list during my travels around the world, I have not included vagrants to Europe unless they were photographed in Britain or Europe which, since I very rarely go on "twitches" in the UK, is not very many of them! Vagrants from North America can be found in the Birds of North America gallery. Birds that breed or are regular visitors to Europe have been included regardless of where the photos were taken.
The major advances in molecular systematics in the last 20 years has caused significant changes in the taxonomic classification of birds, and the order used below for the non-passerine birds follows that proposed in HBW & Birdlife International's Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World vol.1 (del Hoyo & Collar, 2014). Apart from a restructuring of the order of the families, other major changes in the new taxonomy of the non-passerines compared to that in the print version of HBW (volumes 1-7) include the lumping and spliting of several families. For example, in the new classification, gulls, terns and skimmers are all classed under the family heading of Laridae. Splitting events at the family level don't affect quite so many species in the new taxonomy with most new families being either monotypic or containing just a handful of species. Until the passerine volume of the new checklist is published the passerine families will follow the taxonomy laid out in volumes 8-16 of HBW (del Hoyo et al., Lynx Edicions 2003-2011).
Pheasants & Grouse (Phasianidae)
Ducks & Swans (Anatidae)
Pigeons & Doves (Columbidae)
Rails & Crakes (Rallidae)
Divers / Loons (Gaviidae)
Petrels & Shearwaters (Procellariidae)
Spoonbills & Ibises (Threskiornithidae)
Herons & Egrets (Ardeidae)
Gannets & Boobies (Sulidae)
Stilts & Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
Plovers & Lapwings (Charadriidae)
Gulls & Terns (Laridae)
Hawks & Eagles (Accipitridae)
Swallows & Martins (Hirundinidae)
Pipits & Wagtails (Motacillidae)
Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)
Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)
Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalidae)
Crows, Jays & Magpies (Corvidae)
Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)
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