Number of bird species: 351
Icelandic Bird Guideby Johann Oli Hilmarsson | Mal og menning | Paperback | Waterproof PVC cover | Dec 2011 | Edition: 2 | 341 pages, 700+ colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps
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Icelandic Institute of Natural HistoryWebsite
The Institute conducts basic and applied research on the nature of Iceland in the fields of botany, geology and zoology with emphasis in biology on taxonomy and ecology; maintains scientific specimen collections; holds data banks on Icelandic nature; assembles literature on the natural history of Iceland; operates the Icelandic Bird-Ringing Scheme, prepares distribution, vegetation and geological maps; assists in environmental impact assessments; advises on sustainable use of natural resources and landuse; and assesses the conservation value of species, habitats and ecosystems.
Icelandic Society for the Protection of BirdsWebsite
Lake Mývatns Research StationsWebsite
2005 [July] - Lutz LückerReport
2005 [July] - Dave FarrowReport
2005 [March] - Steve ListerReport
I saw a total of 55 species, 40 of which were found during my foot-slogs around Reykjavik, a further three during the Golden Circle tour, and the rest, including several rarities, only while with Edward. I saw all of my three main target species, and the unexpected bonus of a second lifer, Brunnich`s Guillemot. Edward tells me that I made the front page of the national paper, or at least the online edition, by finding the first Golden Plovers of the year, the equivalent of the first Cuckoo in England...
2006 [May] - Edward RicksonReport
2007 [July] - Hans SchickReport
2009 [December] - Andy JonesReport
...We also note long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, lots of cormorants and the ubiquitous eider ducks...
2009 [July] - Andy JonesReport
...At one point two groups of terns took flight as an Arctic Skua flew low over their nesting colony and further on we saw waders including Common Snipe, Common Redshank and Oystercatchers. As we came in sight of the sea we noted a large group of Greylag Geese, a lone Mallard and a couple of Common Eiders...
2011 [August] - Oscar Campbell - Iceland RingroadReport
2013 [February] - Andy JonesReport PDF
2013 [June] - Andy Jones & Paul RogersReport PDF
...Other auks, Common Guillemots and Razorbills are in smaller numbers. Arctic Terns from the large colony on the outskirts of the settlement dive for fish and then try to avoid the piratical activities of several Great Skuas...
2013 [June] - Mark HowsReport PDF
2013 [June] - Mike WatsonReport PDF
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Runs annual trips to iceland...
Customized Birding Tours - Björn JónssonTour Operator
We offer a variety of birdwatching tours, ranging from a short one day trip to a week long tour which covers most of the important birdwatching places in the country. By far the biggest majority of birds which you will see on our birding tours are local nesting birds, of which there are now 71 recognized species, to which another 27 species of occasional breeders can be added...
Gavia TravelTour Operator
In all of our tours we focus on showing you places we believe you shouldn't miss. We'll show you the wildlife in the area, particularly the birds and we'll make sure you get great photographing opportunities.
Isafold Travel offers tailor made bird watching tours with expert guides. We recommend May - June, as then Iceland has an immense migrant bird population during those months, and furthermore many sedentary birds are more colourful in spring and summer. However, our expert guides can help you find interesting resident birds all year long. We can either arrange round trips covering some of Iceland's most interesting areas for bird watching, or focus the trips around the species you are most interested in...
Naturetrek offer an annual 9 day trip...
...we have put together three packages for birdwatching in our area. One with accomodation for 3 nights and two with accommodation for 5 nights. These tours are operating in May/June on weekly basis...
Birdlife on IcelandWebsite
For the bird - watcher Iceland has many attractions. Though, despite popular opinion, not truly Arctic, it has a fair sprinkling of birds, which come into this category. Another interesting feature is that Iceland is the westernmost outpost of a number of Old World bird species and easternmost of some New World ones. In all some 300 bird species have been seen in Iceland at one time to another, but of these only 73 have, up to recently, been nesting regularly in the country.
Birds & CliffsWebsite
Even though this cliff is located in Northern Iceland this sight is seen all around the country, the seabirds returning to their nests after hunting for food out at sea. Just postcards but some nice images.
Birds in IcelandWebsite
All counted, 241 kinds of birds are known to have visited Iceland at one time or another. Of these 72 nest regularly, 6 are common passage migrants, about 30 are regular drift migrants or winter visitors, and the rest end up here accidentally. Sea birds, waterfowl, and waders are the most common indigenous birds...
Birds of IcelandWebsite
Birds on stamps but nice...
Birds of IcelandWebsite
Iceland lies in the North Atlantic just under the arctic circle. It also lies between Europe and the American continent, Greenland being relatively nearby. This has implications on the composition of birds species on Iceland...
Preparing a trip to Iceland? Or have already been here? To date, 367 species of birds have been recorded in Iceland which is a remarkable feat when one considers that just 74 (or 20% of them) are regular breeders. Vagrants therefore make up the majority of the Icelandic List. You can view the list of Iceland's Birds (updated 29.03.2005) with details about their occurence here. There you can also see which species are considered by the Icelandic Rarities Committee (marked with "F"). If you have made observations of these "rare birds", and not yet reported them to the IRC (or will see some in the future) then here is a recording form for the IRC (pdf file) which you can then send to Yann Kolbeinsson - firstname.lastname@example.org
All counted, 241 kinds of birds are known to have visited Iceland at one time or another. Of these 72 nest regularly, 6 are common passage migrants, about 30 are regular drift migrants or winter visitors, and the rest end up here accidentally. Sea birds, waterfowl, and waders are the most common indigenous birds.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls RingingWebsite
This project on Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus graellsii is now ongoing in Iceland. Over 1000 birds have been colour-ringed and a 1000 more will be ringed during next two summers. These birds have been seen in Europe, Africa and one recovery has been made from Puerto Rico! We encourage birdwatchers to look for these birds and report them...
Natural History of IcelandWebsite
This site deals with the birds of Iceland, the plants of Iceland and the landscape of Iceland. It offers photographic guides to characteristic floral elements of Iceland, the birdlife of Iceland as well as landscape images of this remarkable island...
Welcome to Samkoma, meaning The Meeting Place for Icelandic & Western-Icelandic connections.
The Icelandic Birding PagesWebsite
Welcome to the Icelandic Birding Page! This Icelandic site features nearly daily bird news from Iceland, and soon a variety of bird photos, including of vagrants in Iceland...
Artist - Jon Baldur HlidbergGallery
The illustrator of a number of books on the birds of Iceland - and he is brilliant!
Gallery - Some Icelandic Bird PicturesGallery
Photographer - Dick VuijkGallery
Some excellent images with accompanying text
Photographer - Jakob SigurdssonGallery
Excellent bird photographs from Iceland and around the world...
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