Thursday, November 15, 2012

Birds of Norway

Birds are fascinating creatures. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Some are predators, some are prey, some are migratory birds and some are staying all year round.
Here I will try to show you some of the birds we have here in my country, starting with the birds that are closest to were I live and then as I travel around Norway, I will add birds from other areas. Hope you enjoy them....

White-Troated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)

Mute Swan, Male (Cungus Olor)
The Mute Swan is a species of swan, and this a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) North of Africa. It is also and introduced specie in North America, Austrailasia and Southern Africa. The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal then other swan species.

White-Troated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
The White-troated Dipper, also known as European Dipper or just Dipper, is an aquatic passerine bird, found in Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The White-troated Dipper is Norway's National Bird.

Mute Swan, Female (Cyngus Olor) and Eurasian Wigeon ( Anas Penelope)
The Eurasian Wigeon, also known as Widgeon or Eurasian Widgeon, is one of three species of wigeon in the dabbling duck genus Anas. It s common and widespread within its range. This species was first described by Linneaus in his Systema Naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes Caeruleus)
The Blue Tit is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. The bird is easily recognizable by its blue and yellow plumage, but its scientific classification is disputed.

Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
The Bullfinch, Common Bullfinch or Eurasian Bullfinch is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. In Anglophone Europe it is known simply as Bullfinch, as it is the original bird the bear the name bullfinch.

Great Tit (Parus major)
The Great Tit is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia and parts of North Africa in any sort of woodland.

Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
The Coal Tit, is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is widespread and and common breeder throughout temperate to subtropical Europe and Northern Africa. 

Goosander (Mergus merganser) female

Goosander (Mergus merganser) male
The Common Merganser (North America) or Goosander (Europe), is  large duck, of rivers and lakes of forested areas of Northern Europe, northern and central Asia and North America. It eats fish and nest in holes in trees.


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