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This Hume’s Owl photographed in Israel in 2011 is now a new species, after the type specimen was found to be closer to ‘Omani Owl’. Photo: Rony Livne.

Desert owls get complicated

Examining the type specimen of Hume’s Owl, a study has found that all known specimens except the type – that is, the first one from which the species was named – differ enough it to be described as a new species.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v5.06 - Excel 2007

A fully downloadable and searchable Excel index of Birdwatch articles, photos, features and stories from 2001 up to the June 2015 issue. This version requires Excel 2007 and offers the best functionality.

British Tawny Owls appear to be developing white patches in their plumage, as well as increasingly calling during the day – are we seeing a new subspecies evolve? Photo: Steve Young (

British Tawny Owls evolve

A preliminary examination of museum Tawny Owl skins has produced evidence that we may have a new subspecies evolving in our midst.


Sparrows with a bird bell

I put a bird bell on the patio table and set the camera up close to watch the Sparrow's feeding frenzy. It's one sure way to make a mess of your deck.

Baby Robin Growing - 18 days in 6 minutes

Out of 4 hours recording a day for 18 days I took a 20 clip from each day to show how fast the baby robin grows. You might have to Google it to see it.

rss feed for birdwatch albums Photos & Videos

Show off your latest sightings in the photo gallery, simply register for a free account and you can start uploading your photos straight away. Here are a few of the latest gallery additions.

Bolton Ings 2nd September Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 02 Sep 2015

Blacktoft Sands 17th August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 17 Aug 2015

Blacktoft Sands 17th August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 17 Aug 2015

Latest News

It's International Vulture Awareness Day, but threats to the birds grow

Posted: 05 Sep 2015
Conservationists have launched appeal on Vulture Awareness Day to ban a killer drug that could wipe the birds out completely.

Migrant birds lose breeding grounds to poor farm management

Posted: 04 Sep 2015
Up to 65 per cent of bird species use farmland as breeding habitat, but the barrenness of much of it is causing rapid declines.

Scottish gamekeeper fined £2,000 for buzzard killing

Posted: 03 Sep 2015
RSPB Scotland has responded to the sentencing of a convicted buzzard killer, who threw rocks at and stomped on the injured bird.

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Want to know what’s about? This map shows today's rare and scarce birds in Britain and Ireland; the larger the square, the rarer the species. First reports are shown in grey.

Click here or on the map to see a larger version showing today's sightings. For details of species and county, move your mouse over any square and check the pop-up 'tool-tip' (and/or, depending on the browser, the status bar at the bottom of your browser window). On the BirdGuides websiteBird News Extra subscribers can also see the site name, and can access further details by clicking on any square; they can also view BirdMaps from previous days.

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