Every nature lover welcomes a new information that will acquaint him with birds he does not yet know and also provides a better knowledge of the more common species. If it helps him also to recognize their song and typical calls, their appearance in flight, the type of nest they build, the colouration of their eggs, as well as other interesting facts of their way of life, it becomes a valuable addition to his research. This portion of our website describes birds of woodlands and mountain regions.
Naturally, you may come across some of them in other, often quite different, environments. The cuckoo, for example, which is listed here
as a woodland bird is frequently found also in large reed beds bordering lakes or rivers.
Other birds such as the thrush and blackbird, living in built-up areas and not included in this portion, are likewise common inhabitants of the woods, as are also some typical water birds such as the common heron, which often nests in woodlands if water is nearby.
This portion is divided into three parts: a general introduction; texts to the individual Pictures; and colour plates. In the first section, the visitors will learn about nesting, migration, hunting birds, falconry, the introduction of species from their native areas to new localities, the protection of woodland birds, etc.
The text accompanying each colour plate gives the common and Latin names of the bird and acquaints the the visitor with its distribution, habitat, nest structure. It provides also a brief description of the bird, quoting its average length in centimetres, in some instances the wing span, call note, size of the egg and, if typical and helpful for identification, shows the flight silhouette.
The pictorial section is in two parts, depicting woodland birds and those of mountain areas. The latter group includes also birds found in mountain forests. In central Europe some species, for example the dotterel and redwing, occur only in the mountains, whereas in more northerly regions they are found in the tundra.
The colour plates show the male (3) of each species, but sometimes also the female (Q), together with the characteristic egg and, sometimes, a line drawing of the nest.