Bird Names

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Names of common birds in English and Croatian, with the scientific names. 

Pied wagtail, December 2015. Pied wagtail, December 2015. Photo Steve Jones

The Croatian Ornithological Society has a comprehensive list of bird names in Croatian and English, together with the scientific names.

Our listing comprises birds commonly seen in Croatia, especially in Dalmatia. We have given links for birds that have been mentioned in our nature reports. Birds which have been identified on Hvar at any time are marked with an asterisk - not all of them have been cited specifically in the birdwatch articles.

The video at the foot of the page is just one of the beautiful examples of birds and their calls available on Youtube. Another is 'Woodland birdsong: 16 glorious songbirds', uploaded by Nick Penny.

BTOvideo has a comprehensive collection of videos identifying and charting birds of all kinds. They have been researching British birds over many decades. Their most recent major work is a 'Bird Atlas', recording some 19 millian birds, their habitats and activities in England and Ireland between 2007 and 2011.

Zlatko Torbašinović has created a beautiful resource of videos of Croatia's birds and birdsong, with bird names in Croatian, Latin and English.

In alphabetical order:

*Alpine swift - čiopa bijela - apus melba, tachymarptis melba. Video by bpofuk. Sightings: September 2016;

*Bee-eater  - pčelarica -  merops apiaster. Video by Nat Geo WILD. Sightings: August 2016; April 2016;

Bee-eaters near Jelsa. Photo Vivian Grisogono
Bee-eaters flying above their nesting ground just outside Jelsa. Photo: Vivian Grisogono

*Black redstart - mrka crvenrepka - phoenicurus ochruros. Video uploaded by The Nature Box. Sightings: February 2017; March 2016; February 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Blackbird - crni kos - turdus merula. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović; Sightings: February 2017; January 2017; February 2016; January 2016; early January 2016;

*Blackcap - crnokapa grmuša - sylvia atricapilla. Video: Blackcap bird song, uploaded by Sounds Majestic. Sightings: February 2017; September 2016; March 2016; February 2016; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Black-eared wheateater - primorska bjeloguza - oenanthe hispanica. Video by Ron Jackson.

*Black-headed bunting - crnoglava strnadica -  emberiza melanocephala. Video by Film studio "Aves".

*Black-headed gull - riječni galeb - chroicocephalus ridibundus. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović. Sightings: January 2017; February 2016;

*Black-winged stilt - vlastelica - himantopus himantopus. Video by Paul Dinning. Sightings: April 2016;

*Blue rock thrush - stjenjak modrokos - monticola solitarius. Video by Jose Francsico Calvo. Sightings: Autumn/winter 2015;

*Blue tit - plavetna sjenica - parus ceruleus. Video of song and alarm call uploaded by chainsawbeks. Sightings: February 2016; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Brambling - sjeverna zeba - fringilla montifringilla. Video by Gradimir Jovtchev. Sightings: January 2017;

*Buzzard - škanjac - buteo buteo. Video by BTOvideo. Sightings: February 2017; January 2017; August-September 2016; February 2016; January 2016; early January 2016; December 2015;

Carrion crow - sivo-crna vrana - corvus corone corone

*Chaffinch - zeba - fringilla coelebs gengleri. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović; Sightings: February 2017; January 2017; April 2016; March 2016; February 2016; January 2016; early January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Chiffchaff - zviždak - phylloscopus collybita collybita. Sightings: March 2016; February 2016;

*Cirl bunting - crnogrla strnadica - emberiza cirlus. Sightings: February 2017; September 2016; March 2016; February 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Collared dove - gugutka - streptopelia decaocto

Common crane -  sivi ždral  - grus grus. Video, cranes andmigration, from Belarus.  Video by Derek Julian. Video, identifying crow, rook and raven, by BTOvideo

*Cormorant - veliki vranac, kormoran - phalacrocorax carbo. Video, by Branimir Devilnightmare; Sightings: January 2017;

*Corn bunting - velika strnadica - emberiza calandra. Video by Ron Jackson. Sightings: April 2016;

*Crane - ždral - grus grus. Video by BBC. Sightings: November 2016;

*Cuckoo - kukavica  - cuculus canorus. Video by Philip Parsons. Female cuckoo call, described by David Attenborough, BBC Radio 4. Sightings: April 2016; April 2015;

Dove - golubica - columba. Video by ESL and Poluar Culture

*Dunnock - sivi popić - prunella modularis. Video by Maurice Baker. Sightings: February 2017; March 2016;

Eagle - orao - aquila

*Eagle owl (European) - buljina, sova ušara  - bubo bubo. Video uploaded by Wickedinsight. Sightings: February 2017; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

Eagle owl. Photo Steve Jones

Falcon - sokol - falco

*Fieldfare - drozd bravenjak - turdus pilaris Video by Maurice Baker; Fieldfare song by Sounds Majestic. Sightings: February 2017; January 2017;

*Garden warbler - siva grmuša - sylvia borin. Sightings: August 2016;

Golden Eagle - suri orao -  aquila chrysaetos. Video by Paul Dinning

*Golden oriole - zlatna vuga - oriolus oriolus. Sightings: August 2016; April 2016; May 2014;

Golden oriole. Photo Steve Jones

*Golden plover - troprsti zlatar - pluvialis apricaria. Sightings: Autumn/winter 2015;

*Goldfinch - češljugar, gardelin, kamjolac, ciganče, štiglić - carduelis carduelis. Video by Film Studio "Aves". Video by Zlatko Torbašinović; Sightings: January 2017; February 2016;

*Goshawk - jastreb kokošar - family accipitridae. Sightings: August-September 2016;

*Great tit - velika sjenica - parus major newtoni. Video of call by Steve Hawkeye. Sightings: March 2016; February 2016; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Greenfich - zelendur - carduelis chlorisž. Sightings: September 2016; March 2016;

*Grey heron - siva čaplja - ardea cinerea. Video by Luka Hercigonja, Sightings: January 2017; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Grey wagtail - gorska pastirica - motacilla cinerea. Sightings: January 2016;

Grouse - divlja kokoška- family: phasianidae

Gull (seagull) - galeb - most common species: larus

*Hen harrier - strnarica - circus cyaneus. Sightings: February 2017; January 2017;

*Heron - čaplja - family ardeidae. Sightings: January 2017; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Herring gull - srebrnasti galeb - larus argentatus

*Honey buzzard - škanjac osaš - pemis apivorus. Sightings: August-September 2016;

*Hooded crow - siva vrana - corvus cornix. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović. Sightings: February 2017; February 2016; January 2016; early January 2016;

*Hoopoe - pupavac - upupa epops. Sightings: September 2016; April 2016; March 2016;

Hoopoe. Photo Frank Verhart

*House martin - piljak - delichon urbica. Sightings: September 2016;

*House sparrowvrabac - passer domesticus

Hummingbird - kolibrić - family Trchilidae

*Icterine warbler - žuti voljić -  hippolais icterina. Sightings: September 2016;

Jay - šojka, kreštalica, kreja - garrulus glandarius. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović

*Kestrel - vjetruša - falco tinnunculus. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović. Sightings: April 2016;

*Kingfisher - vodomar, vodomar ribar - alcedo atthis. Sightings: December 2016; April 2016;

*Lapwing (peewit) - vivak podzviždač - vanellus vanellus. Sightings: February 2017

*Linnet - juričica - carduelis cannabina. Video by BHVSa. Sightings: April 2016;

*Marsh harrier - eja močvarica - circus aeruginosus. Sightings: August-September 2016;

*Melodious warbler - kratkokrili voljić - hippolais polyglotta

*Mistle thrush - drozd imelaš - turdus viscivorus. Video by slpanjkovic. Sightings: February 2017; December 2016;

*Nightingale - slavuj - luscinia megarhynchos. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović. Sightings: June 2016; April 2016;

*Nightjar - leganj, noćna lasta - caprimulgus europaeus. Sightings: April 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

Owl - sova - families: strigidae and tytonidae

*Pheasant - fazan - phasianus colchicus. February 2017

*Pied wagtail - bijela pastirica - motacilla alba. Sightings: February 2017; January 2016;

*Pigeon - golub - family: columbidae

* Raven - gavran - corvus corax. Sightings: February 2017

*Red-backed shrike - rusi svračak - lanius collurio

*Redstart - šumska crvenrepka - phoenicurus phoenicurus

*Redwing - mali drozd - turdus iliacus. Sightings: February 2017

Ring-necked parakeet - papiga, papagaj mali aleksander (mala aleksandra) - psittacula krameri

*Robin - crvendač, čučka crvendać - erithacus rubecula. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović Sightings: February 2017; January 2016; Autumn/winter 2015;

*Rock dove / feral pigeon - divlji golub - columba livia. Sightings: February 2017

*Ruff - pršljivac - philomachus pugnax Sighting: April 2017

*Sand martin - bregunica - riparia riparia

*Sardinian warbler - crnoglava grmuša - sylvia melanocephala

*Scarce swallowtail - Sightings: April 2016;

*Scops owl - ćuk - otus scops. Sightings: March 2016;

*Serin - žutarica - serinus serinus. Sightings: January 2017; September 2016; March 2016; February 2016; January 2016;

*Short-toed eagle - Sightings: August-September 2016;

*Snipe - šljuka kokošica - gallinago gallinago. Sightings:  November 2016;

*Spanish sparrow - španjolski vrabac - passer hispaniolensis

*Sparrow (house sparrow) - vrabac - passer domesticus

Sparrow enjoying the hospitality at Jelsa's Tarantela cafe, January 2016. Photo Vivian Grisogono

*Sparrowhawk - kobac -  accipiter nisus. Sightings: January 2017; December 2016; August-September 2016; March 2016; February 2016; January 2016;

*Spotted flycatcher - siva muharica - muscicapa striata

*Starling - čvorak - sturnus vulgaris

*Subalpine warbler - bjelobrka grmuša - sylvia cantillans. Sightings: March 2016;

*Swallow - lastavica - hirundo rustica. Sightings: September 2016; Summer 2016; March 2016;

Swallow. Photo Steve Jones

*Swift - crna čiopa - apus apus. Sightings: September 2016; April 2016; October 2015;

*Tawny pipit - primorska trepteljka - anthus campestris

*Tree pipit - prugasta trepteljka - anthus trivialis

*Turtle dove - grlica - streptopelia turtur

*Wheatear, black-eared - mediteranska bjelka - oenanthe hispanica. Sightings: September 2016; April 2016; March 2016;

Wheatear, northern - sivkasta bjeloguza, obična bjelka - oenanthe oenanthe

*Whinchat - smeđoglavi batić - saxicola rubetra. Video, by Branimir Devilnightmare. Sightings: September 2016;

*Whitethroat - grmuša pjenica - sylvia communis

*Wigeon - plovka zviždarka, zviždarka - anas penelope. Sightings: February 2017

*Woodchat shrike - riđoglavi svračak - lanius senator. Sightings: April 2016;

Woodpecker - djetlić - family: picidae

Woodpecker, greater spotted - veći djetao- dendrocopos major. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović

Woodpecker, lesser spotted - manje djetao - dendrocopos minor. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović

*Wren - palčić - troglodytes troglodytes. Sightings: Autumn/winter 2015;

Yellow-legged gull - sredozemni galeb -  larus michahellis

*Yellow-legged gull - galeb klaukavac - larus cacchinans. Video by Zlatko Torbašinović. Sightings: January 2017;

*Yellow wagtail - žuta pastirica - motacilla flava. Sightings: Autumn/winter 2015;

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