Other Medium Passerines

Group: 
Birds

A diverse selection of other medium sised land based birds.

 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Rose-coloured Starling

Pastor roseus
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A vagrant visitor from central Asia and always a surprise when one turns up!


 

 

Bee-eater

Merops apiaster
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An occasional visitor to Dorset, more frequent in some years than others.


 

 

Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus
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A fast disappearing summer visitor once familiar to all.


 

 

Nightjar

Caprimulgus europaeus
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Not uncommon on Dorset heaths only active at dusk and difficult to photograph.


 

 

Hoopoe

Upupa epops
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Generally a European species right at the northern edge of its range in Dorset and only seen occasionally.


 

 

Dipper

Cinclus cinclus
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A rare species in Dorset that may nest on the upper reaches of the River Frome.


 

 

Great Grey Shrike

Lanius excubitor
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One or two birds turn up on the heaths in most winters.


 

 

Golden Oriole

Oriolus oriolus
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Although a few breed in east Anglia this is a rare vagrant species in Dorset.


 

 

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris
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A common species whose numbers are greatly boosted in winter by continental arrivals


 

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