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Alexandrine Parakeet
Arctic Skua
Arctic Tern
Avocet (Pied Avocet)
Baillon's Crake
Bar-Headed Goose
Barn Owl
Barnacle Goose
Bearded Tit
Bee-Eater (European Bee-Eater)
Bittern (Great Bittern)
Black Duck (American Black Duck)
Black Grouse
Black Guillemot
Black Redstart
Black Swan
Black Tern
Black-Browed Albatross
Black-Headed Gull
Black-Necked Grebe
Black-Tailed Godwit
Black-Throated Diver
Black-Winged Stilt
Blackbird (Common Blackbird)
Blue Tit
Blue-Winged Teal
Bob-White Quail (Northern Bobwhite)
Bullfinch (Common Bullfinch)
Buzzard (Common Buzzard)
Canada Goose
Cape Shelduck (South African Shelduck)
Capercaillie (Western Capercaillie)
Cetti's Warbler
Chiffchaff (Common Chiffchaff)
Chough (Red-Billed Chough)
Cirl Bunting
Coal Tit
Collared Dove (Eurasian Collared Dove)
Common Gull (Mew Gull)
Common Rosefinch (Scarlet Rosefinch)
Common Sandpiper
Common Scoter (Black Scoter)
Common Tern
Coot (Common Coot)
Cormorant (Great Cormorant)
Corn Bunting
Corncrake (Corn Crake)
Crane (Common Crane)
Crested Tit
Crossbill (Common Crossbill)
Cuckoo (Common Cuckoo)
Curlew (Eurasian Curlew)
Dartford Warbler
Dipper (White-Throated Dipper)
Dotterel (Eurasian Dotterel)
Dunnock (Hedge Accentor)
Eagle Owl
Egyptian Goose
Eider (Common Eider)
Fulmar (Northern Fulmar)
Gannet (Northern Gannet)
Garden Warbler
Golden Eagle
Golden Oriole (Eurasian Golden Oriole)
Golden Pheasant
Golden Plover (European Golden Plover)
Goldeneye (Common Goldeneye)
Goldfinch (European Goldfinch)
Goshawk (Northern Goshawk)
Grasshopper Warbler
Great Auk
Great Black-Backed Gull
Great Bustard
Great Crested Grebe
Great Northern Diver
Great Reed Warbler
Great Skua
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Green Sandpiper
Green Woodpecker
Greenfinch (European Greenfinch)
Greenshank (Common Greenshank)
Grey Heron
Grey Partridge
Grey Wagtail
Greylag Goose
Guillemot (Common Guillemot)
Gull-Billed Tern
Hen Harrier
Herring Gull
Hobby (Eurasian Hobby)
Honey Buzzard (European Honey Buzzard)
House Martin
House Sparrow
Icterine Warbler
Jackdaw (Eurasian Jackdaw)
Jay (Eurasian Jay)
Kentish Plover
Kestrel (Common Kestrel)
Kingfisher (Common Kingfisher)
Kittiwake (Black-Legged Kittiwake)
Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Lapland Bunting (Lapland Longspur)
Lapwing (Northern Lapwing)
Leach's Petrel (Leach's Storm-Petrel)
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Whitethroat
Linnet (Common Linnet)
Little Bittern
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Little Gull
Little Owl
Little Ringed Plover (Little Plover)
Little Shearwater
Little Tern
Long-Eared Owl
Long-Tailed Duck
Long-Tailed Skua
Long-Tailed Tit
Magpie (Black-Billed Magpie)
Manx Shearwater
Marsh Harrier (European Marsh Harrier)
Marsh Tit
Marsh Warbler
Meadow Pipit
Mediterranean Gull
Mistle Thrush
Monk Parakeet
Montagu's Harrier
Moorhen (Common Moorhen)
Moustached Warbler
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Night Heron (Black-Crowned Night Heron)
Nightingale (Common Nightingale)
Nightjar (European Nightjar)
Nuthatch (Wood Nuthatch)
Oystercatcher (Eurasian Oystercatcher)
Pallas's Sandgrouse
Pallid Harrier
Parrot Crossbill
Penduline Tit (Eurasian Penduline Tit)
Peregrine (Peregrine Falcon)
Pheasant (Common Pheasant)
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Wagtail
Pied-Billed Grebe
Pink-Footed Goose
Pintail (Northern Pintail)
Pochard (Common Pochard)
Ptarmigan (Rock Ptarmigan)
Puffin (Atlantic Puffin)
Purple Sandpiper
Quail (Common Quail)
Raven (Common Raven)
Red Grouse (Willow Ptarmigan)
Red Kite
Red-Backed Shrike
Red-Breasted Merganser
Red-Crested Pochard
Red-Legged Partridge
Red-Necked Grebe
Red-Necked Phalarope
Red-Throated Diver
Redpoll (Common Redpoll)
Redshank (Common Redshank)
Redstart (Common Redstart)
Reed Bunting
Reed Warbler (Eurasian Reed Warbler)
Reeve's Pheasant
Ring Ouzel
Ring-Necked Parakeet (Rose-ringed Parakeet)
Ringed Plover
River Warbler
Robin (European Robin)
Rock Dove And Feral Pigeon
Rock Pipit
Roseate Tern
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Shelduck
Sand Martin
Sandwich Tern
Savi's Warbler
Scaup (Greater Scaup)
Scottish Crossbill
Sedge Warbler
Serin (European Serin)
Shag (European Shag)
Shorelark (Horned Lark)
Short-Eared Owl
Short-Toed Treecreeper
Shoveler (Northern Shoveler)
Silver Pheasant
Siskin (Eurasian Siskin)
Skylark (Sky Lark)
Slavonian Grebe
Snipe (Common Snipe)
Snow Bunting
Snow Goose
Snowy Owl
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk (Eurasian Sparrowhawk)
Spoonbill (Eurasian Spoonbill)
Spotted Crake
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Starling (Common Starling)
Stock Dove (Stock Pigeon)
Stone Curlew (Stone-Curlew)
Storm Petrel (European Storm-Petrel)
Subalpine Warbler
Swallow (Barn Swallow)
Swift (Common Swift)
Swinhoe's Petrel (Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel)
Tawny Owl
Tawny Pipit
Teal (Common Teal)
Temminck's Stint
Tree Pipit
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper (Eurasian Treecreeper)
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Duck
Turnstone (Ruddy Turnstone)
Turtle Dove (European Turtle Dove)
Velvet Scoter
Water Rail
Waxwing (Bohemian Waxwing)
Wheatear (Northern Wheatear)
White Stork
White-Fronted Goose
White-Tailed Eagle
Whitethroat (Common Whitethroat)
Whooper Swan
Wigeon (Eurasian Wigeon)
Willow Tit
Willow Warbler
Wood Duck
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Warbler
Woodcock (Eurasian Woodcock)
Woodlark (Wood Lark)
Woodpigeon (Common Wood Pigeon)
Wren (Winter Wren)
Wryneck (Eurasian Wryneck)
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow-Legged Gull

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