Bird Names

Published in Environment

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;

Media

You are here: Home environment articles Bird Names

Eco Environment News feeds

  • Freedom-of-information data reveals threat of drought that would devastate wildlife, with government slow to act on water management

    A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

    Fish are most obviously affected when rivers slow to a trickle, particularly those that migrate upstream such as salmon, trout, eels and lampreys. But animals such as water voles are also harmed, as they are unable to escape predators by fleeing into rivers to reach underwater entrances to their burrows. Birds such as kingfishers, sandpipers and dippers also suffer, as the insects and small fish they feed on die out.

    Continue reading...

  • Mayor of London wants urgent meeting with new environment secretary to press for action on toxic air quality

    The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain’s “life and death” air pollution crisis.

    This week, Khan activated the capital’s emergency alert system after experts warned toxic air in the capital had reached dangerous levels. Large parts of southern England and Wales were also affected on Wednesday.

    Continue reading...

  • Global warming will not affect everyone equally. Here we look at seven key regions to see how each is tackling the consequences of climate change

    It could have been the edge of the Sahara or even Death Valley, but it was the remains of a large orchard in the hills above the city of Murcia in southern Spain last year. The soil had broken down into fine white, lifeless sand, and a landscape of rock and dying orange and lemon trees stretched into the distance.

    A long drought, the second in a few years, had devastated the harvest after city authorities had restricted water supplies and farmers were protesting in the street. It was a foretaste of what may happen if temperatures in the Mediterranean basin continue to rise and desertification grows.

    Continue reading...

  • Bison, bluebells, bumble bees and beavers are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

    Continue reading...

  • Six new vehicles including Land Rover and Suzuki are adding to air pollution crisis, despite stricter rules coming in months

    The latest diesel car models are failing to meet pollution limits when on the road, just three months ahead of stricter new tests, independent tests have found. Results show that none of six new 2017 diesel cars met the EU standard for toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution in real-world driving.

    The updated Equa Index, produced by the testing firm Emissions Analytics, shows that 86% of all diesel models put on to the British market since the 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal failed to meet the official limit on the road, with 15% producing at least eight times more NOx emissions.

    Continue reading...

  • Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax

    What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White House to propose a revenue-neutral carbon tax policy.

    The group started with impeccable conservative credentials, bringing on cabinet members from the last three Republican presidential administrations (Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, and George W Bush): two former Secretaries of State, two former Secretaries of Treasury, and two former chairmen of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. It was founded by Ted Halstead, who explained the group’s proposed policy in a TED talk:

    Continue reading...

  • Although fracturing and surface melting on the Larsen C ice shelf might sound like indicators of climate change, these processes are natural

    Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during midwinter, it is also the darkest. As a rift on the continent’s Larsen C ice shelf lengthens and gets closer to the ice front, we are anticipating the detachment of a large tabular iceberg within the next few weeks.

    This comes after observations of a waterfall on another ice shelf last summer, reports of extensive surface melting on several ice shelves and, in a report last week, indications of a widespread surface-melting event, which included rainfall as far as 82° south, during the 2015-16 El Niño. Are glaciologists shocked by any of this? Is Antarctica going to melt away? Is Larsen C about to collapse?

    Continue reading...

  • Damning report says nuclear project is bad for UK consumers and governments failed to assess alternative finance models

    Generations of British consumers have been locked into a “risky and expensive” project by the UK’s subsidy deal for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, according to a damning report by the spending watchdog.

    The National Audit Office said the contract sealed by ministers last September with EDF to construct the country’s first new atomic reactors in two decades would provide “uncertain strategic and economic benefits”.

    Continue reading...

  • A 20% shortfall in migrant workers relied on to pick fruit and vegetables is blamed on Brexit making the UK seem ‘xenophobic’

    Farms have been hit with a shortage of the migrant workers that Britain relies on to bring in the fruit and vegetable harvests, according to a series of new reports.

    There was a 17% shortfall in May, leaving some farms critically short of pickers, according to a new National Farmers Union (NFU) survey. The decline is blamed on Brexit, with the vote to depart the EU leaving the UK seen as “xenophobic” and “racist” by overseas workers, according to the director of a major agricultural recruitment company.

    Continue reading...

  • Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister

    Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial assistance will fall to zero. The leaders of the two nations meet in Oslo on Friday.

    The oil-rich Scandinavian nation has provided $1.1bn to Brazil’s Amazon fund since 2008, tied to reductions in the rate of deforestation in the world’s greatest rainforest. The destruction of forests by timber and farming industries is a major contributor to the carbon emissions that drive climate change and Norway views protecting the Amazon as vital for the whole world.

    Continue reading...

Eco Health News feeds

Eco Nature News feeds