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An array of fascinating birds call Scotland home. Nesting in craggy cliff faces, in the tall trees of dense forests or on lonesome rocky outcrops and islands, millions of birds either choose to reside here or flock to Scotland from further afield. With so many opportunities to spot them; from organised birdwatching tours, wildlife cruises or while you explore the country’s breathtaking glens, moors and mountains, birds are some of the most accessible wildlife to enjoy.

  • The golden eagle - one of Scotland's largest birds of prey
    The golden eagle - one of Scotland's largest birds of prey
  • a bright green and orange, long-beaked bird sits on a branch
    The kingfisher (image courtesy of RSPB/ Mike Richards -
A large bird or prey in flight preparing to land at its nest

Birds of prey

Catch sight of one of Scotland's magnificent birds of prey as they hunt in the skies above you.

Two inquisitive puffins


Discover amazing seabird species on Scottish coasts and in our waters.

a speckled bird calling with its beak open

Inland birds

Discover the beautiful birds of inland Scotland and find out when and where you can see them.