Wagtails can easily be recognised by the way they run along the ground, their heads nodding and their tails moving quickly up and down, and the constant tail wagging is where they get their name from.
The jackdaw is 30 centimetres long and is one of the smallest members of the crow family in Great Britain. It can be easily distinguished by the grey on its face and on the back of its neck.
From a distance penguins resemble solemn little men as they stand bolt upright or waddle along on their large webbed feet, which are set far back under the body.
The eagle is a large, powerfully built bird of prey and has always been known as the king of birds because of its size and majestic soaring flight. They are hugely popular as national emblems and symbols, and are used by many countries as signs.
Swallows are excellent flyers, and use these skills to feed and attract a mate. Some species, like the mangrove swallow, are territorial, whereas others are not and simply defend their nesting site.
Usually starlings seem to be black birds with light spots, but when seen in bright sunshine their plumage is shot with glossy blues, greens and purples.
More than any other bird the nightingale is known for its song, which is full of rich and varied notes. It sings in the day as well as the night, but it is the night song heard when other birds are silent that has always attracted attention.
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