BIRDS OF THE HEBRIDES

This page presents the Bird list of the islands of Mull, Iona & Treshnish Isles (GMLT) and Western Scotland, the area of Argyll and the inner Hebridean Islands (GAIH).

  Abundance Codes

D

Distribution range deducted from map, not actual record.

P

Present, abundance not determined.

C

Within its range, varying from common to occasional

O

Rare, wandered outside of its normal range but still may be expected from time to time. Between 10 - 100 records.

V

Vagrant, accidental, species far out of its normal distribution range. >10 records.

I

Introduced species.

Q

Not verified.

X

Extinct.

XL

Extinct in country

Status of Permanence Codes

R

Resident, present  year around.

N

Nests in the area but absent during part of the year.

M

Migrant, non-breeding. May spend a short period or the entire winter.

W

Wintering; stays in the area, while its primary nesting range is elsewhere.

E

National endemic.

*

National bird.

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XX Species full name Birds GMLT GAIH
Chrysolophus pictus Golden Pheasant I I
Coturnix coturnix Common Quail V O
Lagopus lagopus Willow Ptarmigan R R
Lagopus mutus Rock Ptarmigan R R
Perdix perdix Grey Partridge
Phasianus colchicus Common Pheasant R R
Tetrao tetrix Black Grouse N
Aix galericulata Mandarin Duck I
Anas acuta Northern Pintail V O
Anas americana American Wigeon V
Anas clypeata Northern Shoveler M N
Anas crecca Common Teal W M
Anas penelope Eurasian Wigeon W M
Anas platyrhynchos Mallard R R
Anas querquedula Garganey M
Anas strepera Gadwall O O
Anser albifrons Greater White-fronted Goose W W
Anser anser Greylag Goose R R
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose M W
Anser caerulescens Snow Goose I I
Aythya collaris Ring-necked Duck V
Aythya ferina Common Pochard W W
Aythya fuligula Tufted Duck R N
Aythya marila Greater Scaup O W
Branta bernicla Brent Goose M M
Branta canadensis Canada Goose I I
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose W W
Bucephala clangula Common Goldeneye W W
Clangula hyemalis Long-tailed Duck W W
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan M W
Cygnus olor Mute Swan R R
Melanitta fusca White-winged Scoter O W
Melanitta nigra Black Scoter W N
Melanitta perspicillata Surf Scoter V V
Mergellus albellus Smew V W
Mergus serrator Red-breasted Merganser N R
Oxyura jamaicensis Ruddy Duck V
Somateria mollissima Common Eider R R
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck N R
Dendrocopos major Great Spotted Woodpecker R R
Jynx torquilla Eurasian Wryneck V M
Picus viridis Eurasian Green Woodpecker P P
Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe O O
Alcedo atthis Common Kingfisher O N
Merops apiaster European Bee-eater V V
Cuculus canorus Common Cuckoo N N
Apus apus Common Swift M N
Tachymarptis melba Alpine Swift V
Tyto alba Barn Owl R R
Asio flammeus Short-eared Owl R R
Asio otus Long-eared Owl R R
Strix aluco Tawny Owl R R
Caprimulgus europaeus Eurasian Nightjar V V
Columba livia Rock Dove R
Columba oenas Stock Pigeon N
Columba palumbus Common Wood-Pigeon R
Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared-Dove R
Streptopelia turtur European Turtle-Dove M
Crex crex Corn Crake M
Fulica atra Common Coot W N
Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen N R
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake O
Rallus aquaticus Water Rail W N
Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper N N
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone W
Calidris alba Sanderling M M
Calidris alpina Dunlin M M
Calidris canutus Red Knot M M
Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper M O
Calidris maritima Purple Sandpiper O W
Calidris melanotos Pectoral Sandpiper V V
Calidris minuta Little Stint M M
Gallinago gallinago Common Snipe R R
Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit M M
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit M M
Lymnocryptes minimus Jack Snipe M M
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew R R
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel M M
Phalaropus lobatus Red-necked Phalarope M
Philomachus pugnax Ruff M M
Scolopax rusticola Eurasian Woodcock R R
Tringa erythropus Spotted Redshank V M
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper O M
Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank N N
Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper M M
Tringa totanus Common Redshank R R
Tryngites subruficollis Buff-breasted Sandpiper V V
Charadrius hiaticula Common Ringed Plover R R
Eudromias morinellus Eurasian Dotterel M M
Haematopus ostralegus Eurasian Oystercatcher R R
Pluvialis apricaria European Golden-Plover R
Pluvialis squatarola Grey Plover W M
Vanellus vanellus Northern Lapwing R R
Alca torda Razorbill R R
Alle alle Dovekie O O
Catharacta skua Great Skua N N
Cepphus grylle Black Guillemot R R
Chlidonias niger Black Tern M
Fratercula arctica Atlantic Puffin R R
Larus argentatus Herring Gull R R
Larus brachyrhynchus Mew Gull R R
Larus delawarensis Ring-billed Gull V
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull N R
Larus glaucoides Iceland Gull W W
Larus hyperboreus Glaucous Gull W W
Larus marinus Great Black-backed Gull N R
Larus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull V
Larus minutus Little Gull O M
Larus ridibundus Black-headed Gull R R
Rissa tridactyla Black-legged Kittiwake R R
Sterna albifrons Little Tern O N
Sterna hirundo Common Tern N N
Sterna paradisaea Arctic Tern N N
Sterna sandvicensis Sandwich Tern M M
Xema sabini Sabine's Gull M
Accipiter gentilis Northern Goshawk V Q
Accipiter nisus Eurasian Sparrowhawk R R
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle R R
Buteo buteo Common Buzzard R R
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-Harrier V O
Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed Eagle R R
Milvus milvus Red Kite I I
Pandion haliaetus Osprey M N
Pernis apivorus European Honey-buzzard O
Falco columbarius Merlin R R
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon N
Falco rusticolus Gyrfalcon V V
Falco subbuteo Eurasian Hobby V V
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel R R
Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe V O
Podiceps grisegena Red-necked Grebe V O
Podiceps nigricollis Black-necked Grebe V
Podilymbus podiceps Pied-billed Grebe V
Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe R R
Morus bassanus Northern Gannet R R
Phalacrocorax aristotelis European Shag R R
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant R R
Ardea alba Great Egret V
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron R R
Botaurus stellaris Great Bittern V
Egretta garzetta Little Egret V V
Platalea leucorodia Eurasian Spoonbill V
Gavia adamsii Yellow-billed Loon V V
Gavia arctica Arctic Loon W W
Gavia immer Common Loon N
Gavia stellata Red-throated Loon R R
Fulmarus glacialis Northern Fulmar R
Hydrobates pelagicus European Storm-Petrel R R
Oceanodroma leucorhoa Leach's Storm-Petrel V V
Puffinus gravis Great Shearwater V M
Puffinus griseus Sooty Shearwater M M
Puffinus mauretanicus Balearic Shearwater M
Puffinus puffinus Manx Shearwater R R
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike V V
Lanius minor Lesser Grey Shrike V
Corvus corax Common Raven R R
Corvus corone Carrion Crow O
Corvus frugilegus Rook R R
Corvus monedula Eurasian Jackdaw R R
Garrulus glandarius Eurasian Jay O N
Pica pica Black-billed Magpie O R
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Chough R R
Bombycilla garrulus Bohemian Waxwing W W
Cinclus cinclus White-throated Dipper N
Erithacus rubecula European Robin R R
Ficedula hypoleuca European Pied Flycatcher N
Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher N N
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear N N
Phoenicurus phoenicurus Common Redstart N N
Saxicola rubetra Whinchat N N
Saxicola torquata Common Stonechat R R
Turdus iliacus Redwing M W
Turdus merula Eurasian Blackbird R
Turdus philomelos Song Thrush R R
Turdus pilaris Fieldfare M M
Turdus torquatus Ring Ouzel M N
Turdus viscivorus Mistle Thrush R N
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling R R
Certhia familiaris Eurasian Tree-Creeper R R
Troglodytes troglodytes Winter Wren R R
Cyanistes caeruleus European Blue Tit R R
Parus major Great Tit R R
Periparus ater Coal Tit R R
Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit R R
Delichon urbica Northern House-Martin N N
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow N N
Riparia riparia Sand Martin N N
Regulus regulus Goldcrest R R
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Sedge Warbler N N
Locustella naevia Common Grasshopper-Warbler N N
Phylloscopus sibilatrix Wood Warbler N N
Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler N N
Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap N N
Sylvia borin Garden Warbler N N
Sylvia communis Common Whitethroat N N
Alauda arvensis Sky Lark R R
Anthus petrosus Rock Pipit R R
Anthus pratensis Meadow Pipit R R
Anthus trivialis Tree Pipit N N
Motacilla alba White Wagtail M N
Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail R R
Motacilla flava Yellow Wagtail O O
Passer domesticus House Sparrow R R
Prunella modularis Hedge Accentor R R
Carduelis cannabina Eurasian Linnet R R
Carduelis carduelis European Goldfinch R R
Carduelis chloris European Greenfinch R R
Carduelis flammea Common Redpoll R R
Carduelis flavirostris Twite R R
Carduelis spinus Eurasian Siskin R R
Carpodacus erythrinus Common Rosefinch V
Emberiza calandra Corn Bunting R
Emberiza citrinella Yellowhammer R R
Emberiza schoeniclus Reed Bunting R R
Fringilla coelebs Chaffinch R R
Fringilla montifringilla Brambling W W
Plectrophenax nivalis Snow Bunting W W
Pyrrhula pyrrhula Eurasian Bullfinch R R