A blue tit perched near a nesting box

Garden birds

What would our gardens be without birds? Learn about the most common garden species and how to identify them.

A garden isn’t complete without birds. Browse our gallery of some of the most common species likely to visit your garden, and see which ones you recognise.

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Blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus

A blue tit eating bird seed
A blue tit eating bird seed

The charming, colourful blue tit is a common sight in many gardens. Feeding on peanuts and sunflower hearts at the feeder, the adults feed caterpillars and other garden pests to their young, in spring and early summer.


Robin, Erithacus rubecula

A robin perched on the ground
A robin perched on the ground

Fiercely territorial, the robin sings throughout the year, and its trickling song is thought to sound more mournful in winter. Ground feeders, they tend to come to bird tables rather than hanging feeders, and prefer seed mixes and sunflower hearts to peanuts. You’ll also spot them searching for worms on your lawn.


Fieldfare, Turdus pilaris

A fieldfare perched in snowy branches (many thanks to James Duffy for letting us use this image)
A fieldfare perched in snowy branches (many thanks to James Duffy for letting us use this image)

Like the redwing, the fieldfare is a winter visitor to the British Isles. They eat berries and other fruit – keep an eye out on your windfall apples, you may attract a flock of them to your garden to feed.


Starling, Sturnus vulgaris

A starling on a bird nut feeder
A starling on a bird nut feeder

The starling is a wonderful bird, black with white, green, pink and blue iridescent markings, which become more prominent in winter. They gather in large flocks to feed and roost. At dusk they fly in huge synchronised ‘murmurations’, thought to ward off predators.


Great tit, Parus major

A great tit on a bird seed feeder
A great tit on a bird seed feeder

Larger than the blue tit and with green-yellow wings, a yellow breast and a black stripe down the breast, the great tit is a common sight in gardens, both on hanging feeders and in deciduous trees.


Blackbird, Turdus merula

A blackbird eating a raspberry from a raspberry cane
A blackbird eating a raspberry from a raspberry cane
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Male blackbirds are black all over with an orange beak and orange eye-rings, while females are brown and speckled, more like a song thrush. This juvenile male looks like a cross between the male and female, it won’t develop its orange beak and eye ring until next year.