Puffins only have their colourful beaks during the breeding season.
Swallows migrate all the way to Africa.
Buzzards are slow fliers, so they wait out their prey.
Kestrels can hover high in the air to watch for prey.
Ravens are the largest species of the Corvid family, and 2-3 pairs nest on Alderney.
Ringed Plovers feign injury to draw predators away from their nest.
Stonechats get their name from the stone clapping sound of their call.
Common Terns can hover above the water before diving for prey.
Dartford Warblers are very localized birds and there are up to 20 breeding pairs on Alderney.
Curlews have a very long down-turning beak.
Oystercatchers are Alderney's most common wader, they use their long beaks in different ways to forage for food.
Alderney's most common finch, the Greenfinch has a stockier build than other finches.
Storm-petrels get their name from St. Peter because of the way they appear to walk on water.
Herring Gull populations are in decline in their natural habitat.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls are the smallest of 3 Gull species to nest on Burhou.
The Long-eared Owl's 'ears' are not actually ears but tufts of feathers that raise up when the bird is alarmed, they are the only Owl to breed on Alderney.
Gannets are plunge divers, entering the water from a great height incredibly quickly to catch prey.
Wheatears rarely breed as far south as Alderney, but do breed on Burhou.
Peregrines can reach speeds up to 200mph.
Water Rails are very elusive, hiding in the reedbed.
Alderney is home to a vast range of species of birds (at last count a total of 284 species have been recorded on the island at least once). There are a large number of different habitats on Alderney and its surrounding islets and these create areas both for resident species and rare migrants. Each species has its own defining characteristics and behavioural traits that make them unique.
Use the pictures in the carousel, or links down the side of the page, to explore 20 of Alderney’s ‘birds of interest’. In each page you can learn more about the focus species, ascertain where to see it and discover its most identifiable features.
Along with details of the birds' characteristics each species will also have three status indicators. One for the population size in Alderney, one for its conservation status in the UK (RSPB criteria) and one for its conservation status and population trend in the World (IUCN criteria).
A detailed account of all bird species ever seen on Alderney can be downloaded below; plus an account of all birds across the Channel Islands.
|Alderney Bird List (updated Jan 2014)||406.97 KB|
|Channel Island Bird List (updated Dec 2012)||1.24 MB|