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BIRDS OF ICELAND



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Birds of Iceland

Birds of Iceland coded for abundance, breeding, migration, wintering, endemic, rare, etc.; 2000 pages on birds, nature, birdwatching, where to go birding, birds and nature pictures, nature conservation, equipment, bird feeding, etc. Welcome to the bird list of Iceland.

Iceland is home to an impressive number of species of birds that vary from residents, that stay all year around, to breeding birds, that spend a good part of the growing season in Iceland to raise their young, migrants who pass through Iceland with the seasons, to wintering birds who like to spend a good part of the winter in Iceland to escape colder conditions up north. While many species of birds are relatively common as they are part of the ecosystems of the state, it is always a thrill to stumble upon a rare bird or vagrant, that does not really form part of any the Iceland ecosystems. Maybe it got lost during its travels between its summer and winter residence or it got displaced by bad weather.

Among the species of the checklist of the birds of Iceland you can find  waterfowl and wading birds, a large suite of song birds, raptors, game birds, swifts and nighthawks, etc., many of which occupy several ecosystems simultaneously, as they fly to and from forests, meadows, shorelines of waters, cities and and urban green spaces. At Birdlist, we have developed a coding system that can help you predict when you may expect a certain species, with a code for seasonality, such as resident, nesting, wintering, etc. A code for abundance will give you a clue on the likelihood that you may actually see a certain species of bird. As we progressed with the coding, we realized that there should be a differentiation in the coding for "common", such as less common, common and very common birds. However, this would require reliable quantative data, which for most states, are not revealed by the commission of bird records. We hope to provide those in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the current checklist of the birds of Iceland.

National bird: Gyrfalcon

 

BIRDS OF ICELAND

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Species full name

Birds

IS

 

Lagopus mutus

Rock Ptarmigan

D

 

Anas acuta

Northern Pintail

D

 

Anas clypeata

Northern Shoveler

D

 

Anas crecca

Common Teal

D

 

Anas penelope

Eurasian Wigeon

D

 

Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard

D

 

Anas strepera

Gadwall

D

 

Anser anser

Greylag Goose

D

 

Anser brachyrhynchus

Pink-footed Goose

D

 

Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup

D

 

Aythya ferina

Common Pochard

D

 

Aythya fuligula

Tufted Duck

D

 

Aythya marila

Greater Scaup

D

 

Bucephala islandica

Barrow's Goldeneye

D

 

Clangula hyemalis

Long-tailed Duck

D

 

Cygnus cygnus

Whooper Swan

D

 

Histrionicus histrionicus

Harlequin Duck

D

 

Melanitta nigra

Black Scoter

D

 

Somateria mollissima

Common Eider

D

 

Rallus aquaticus

Water Rail

D

 

Calidris alpina

Dunlin

D

 

Calidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper

D

 

Gallinago gallinago

Common Snipe

D

 

Limosa limosa

Black-tailed Godwit

D

 

Numenius phaeopus

Whimbrel

D

 

Phalaropus fulicaria

Red Phalarope

D

 

Phalaropus lobatus

Red-necked Phalarope

D

 

Tringa totanus

Common Redshank

D

 

Charadrius hiaticula

Common Ringed Plover

D

 

Haematopus ostralegus

Eurasian Oystercatcher

D

 

Pluvialis apricaria

European Golden-Plover

D

 

Catharacta skua

Great Skua

D

 

Larus canus

Common Gull

D

 

Larus fuscus

Lesser Black-backed Gull

D

 

Larus glaucoides

Iceland Gull

D

 

Larus hyperboreus

Glaucous Gull

D

 

Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull

D

 

Larus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull

D

 

Rissa tridactyla

Black-legged Kittiwake

D

 

Stercorarius parasiticus

Parasitic Jaeger

D

 

Haliaeetus albicilla

White-tailed Eagle

D

 

Falco columbarius

Merlin

D

 

Falco rusticolus

Gyrfalcon

D

 

Podiceps auritus

Horned Grebe

D

 

Morus bassanus

Northern Gannet

D

 

Phalacrocorax aristotelis

European Shag

D

 

Phalacrocorax carbo

Great Cormorant

D

 

Gavia immer

Common Loon

D

 

Gavia stellata

Red-throated Loon

D

 

Fulmarus glacialis

Northern Fulmar

D

 

Hydrobates pelagicus

European Storm-Petrel

D

 

Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Leach's Storm-Petrel

D

 

Puffinus puffinus

Manx Shearwater

D

 

Thank you for visiting Nature Worldwide on Iceland. In this linked net of country pages you can find lists of birds, nature, mammals and national parks. Birds of Iceland provides a checklist of the birds of Iceland. It is a complete birdlist or bird list listing all the birds of Iceland in ornithological taxonomic order. In Nature of Iceland you can find nature related websites, like on birding, birdwatching, general ornithology, nature, nature conservation, national parks, protected areas, nature reserves, etc. In Mammals of Iceland you can find the list of the mammals of Iceland in taxonomic order. National parks, Nature reserves and Protected areas of Iceland provides you with list of all the national parks and other protected areas of Iceland.  Click on the following links for our web pages on Iceland.

http://www.birdlist.org/iceland.htm http://www.nature-worldwide.info/iceland.htm

http://www.mammals-worldwide.info/iceland.htm http://www.nationalparks-worldwide.info/iceland.htm

 

 

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