Birds of Iceland

Birds of all colours

According to many sources, Iceland is home to around 330 bird species, with 85 being nesting species, 12 are common passage migrants or Winter visitors, while the rest are accidental and casual visitors. Other birds identified in Iceland mostly come from Europe and, in a much lesser number, from North America.

Iceland has breathtaking landscapes and completely untouched nature of unusual beauty. It is a great pleasure to visit Iceland during nesting period in the late May and first three weeks of June, during the period when the nature comes out of its Winter sleep. At that time of Year Iceland is home to millions of nesting birds.

Birdlife of Iceland is dramatic and varied, making it a treasure trove for bird-watchers.

  1. Somateria mollissima,  Common Eider
Aythya fuligula, Tufted Duck
2. Aythya fuligula,  Tufted Duck
Anas penelope, Eurasian Wigeon
3. Anas penelope,   Eurasian Wigeon
Anas carolinensis, Green-winged Teal
4. Anas carolinensis,  Green-winged Teal
Mergus serrator, Red-breasted Merganser
5. Mergus serrator,  Red-breasted Merganser
6. Anas Platyrhynchos,  Mallard
Anser anser, Greylag Goose
7. Anser anser,  Greylag Goose
Branta bernicla, Brent Goose
8. Branta bernicla, Brent Goose
Histrionicus histrionicus, Harlequin Duck
9. Histrionicus histrionicus,  Harlequin Duck
Cygnus cygnus, Whooper Swan
10. Cygnus cygnus,  Whooper Swan
Calidris canutus, Red Knot
11. Calidris canutus,  Red Knot
Phalaropus lobatus, Red-necked Phalarope
12. Phalaropus lobatus,  Red-necked Phalarope
Haematopus ostralegus, Eurasian Oystercatcher
13. Haematopus ostralegus,  Eurasian Oystercatcher
14. Sterna paradisaea, Artic Tern
Larus marinus, Great Black-backed Gull
15. Larus marinus, Great Black-backed Gull
Larus argentatus, Herring Gull
16. Larus argentatus, Herring Gull
Larus glaucoides, Iceland Gull
17. Larus glaucoides, Iceland Gull
Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Black-headed Gul
18. Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Black-headed Gul
Rissa tridactyla, Black- legged Kittiwake
19. Rissa tridactyla, Black- legged Kittiwake
Phalacrocor aristotelis, European Shag
20. Phalacrocor aristotelis, European Shag
21. Morus bassanus, Northern Gannet
Fulmarus glacialis, Northern Fulmar
22. Fulmarus glacialis, Northern Fulmar
Uria lomvia, Brünnich’s Guillemot
23. Uria lomvia, Brünnich’s Guillemot
Alca torda, Razorbill
24. Alca torda, Razorbill
Uria aalge, Common Guillemot
25. Uria aalge, Common Guillemot
Uria aalge, Bridled Guillemot, variety
26. Uria aalge, Bridled Guillemot, variety
Guillemot Colony
27. Guillemot Colony
Cliff with nests
28. Cliff with nests