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MISSING in Wales!

The following 3 birds are most at risk, and MISSING in YOUR region!

Swift -72%

Greenfinch -71%

Starling -65%

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Please help us find them by looking out of your window, or going for a walk or hike in your local area.

Download and share our handy ‘missing’ posters below.

 

They help to find out important facts about the species:

1. Appearance

2. Where it's found

3. What it eats & how to feed them

4. How to help them

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Greenfinch -71%

(Carduelis chloris)

Alert Status: Green

Identifying Features: Mostly olive green with a yellow tinge to the underbelly with yellow to the outer wings.  Usually brighter in summer.

Average Length: 15cm

Average Lifespan: 2 Years

Average Wingspan: 25-28 cm

Beak type: Seeds

Eats: Seeds, wild fruit & berries

How to feed: Hanging feeders & bird tables

What to feed: Sunflower hearts, black sunflower seeds, seed mixtures

Nesting: Usually in colonies in dense shrubs, constructed of twigs & grass lined with fine roots & hair

Where to see: Common UK birds found in woodland, hedges and gardens.

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Swift -72%

(Apus apus)

Alert Status: Amber

Identifying Features: The swift is an aerial bird,  plain sooty brown, but in flight against the sky it appears black. It has long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail. 

Average Length: 16-18 cm

Average Lifespan: 9 years

Average Wingspan: 42-48 cm

Beak type: Flat and wide

Eats: They feed exclusively on insects and spiders caught on the wing.  

Nesting: Swifts nest in holes - often inside old buildings or sometimes in specially-designed swift nestboxes - so you'll never see them building a nest outside. The nest is made from grasses, leaves, and feathers - all collected while flying - and bonded together with saliva. Breeding is the only time Swifts stop flying; their entire lives are spent in the air.

Where to see: Look up in the sky in summer, often very high. They never perch on wires like swallows. You might see parties of them careering madly at high speed around rooftops and houses, often low, especially towards dusk.

Common Swift song by David Farrow, Xeno-Artist Name
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Starling -65%
(Sturnus vulgaris)

Alert Status: Red

Identifying Features: Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head, triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.

Average Length: 22 cm

Average Lifespan: 5 years

Average Wingspan: 37 – 42 cm

Beak type: Generalist

Eats: Insects, spiders, worms and fruit

How to feed: Bird tables, feeders

What to feed: Starlings seem to feed on just about anything: berries, fruit, scraps, suet. However, they feed only invertebrates - not "junk" food - to their young

Nesting: The male builds the nest from grass in a hole in a wall, tree or building, but the female lines it with feathers, wool and moss. The male may decorate the nest with leaves and petals in order to deter parasites and improve his chances of attracting a mate.

Where to see: Starlings are conspicuous and widespread in the UK, occurring everywhere except for the highest parts of the Scottish Highlands. They are most abundant in southern England and are more thinly distributed in upland areas with moorland. Still one of the UK's commonest garden birds. In winter, huge roosts can be found in plantations, reedbeds and city centres. 

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