Birding Factoids

450 species
in 54 families

1 of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
12 speciality species
3 endangered species

Checklist of Netherlands BirdsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
Check out Ben van den Broek's Digiscoped Birds of the Netherlands
and Erik Kleyheeg's photo gallery of the Birds of the Netherlands
Dutch Specialities
Great Crested Grebe - Photo copyright Hans Martens
Photo copyright Hans Martens

Black-tailed Godwit - Photo copyright Nigel Blake

Photo copyright Nigel Blake

Eurasian Siskin - Photo copyright Rudy Offereins

Photo copyright Rudy Offereins

Redshank - Photo copyright David Lingard

Photo copyright David Lingard

Eurasian Curlew - Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

European Robin - Photo copyright Rudy Offereins

Photo copyright Rudy Offereins

Garganey - Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg
    ....Birding in the Netherlands - provides short impressions of a few areas
      across the country. What specialties there are to be found, when to go, from where. Site under construction.
    ....Birds in the Netherlands - information created by Mark Kuiper. This
      site provides a map and information on key birding sites inthe Netherlands. Check also the "Dutch Birds" section, which identifies where key birds may be found. 
    ....Birding in the Netherlands - by Stephen Poley. Having lived in the
      Netherlands for several years, I quite frequently get requests for information on birding over here. So I have put together a few pages on the subject, for visitors to the country. It is somewhat oriented towards birders from Britain in terms of the species highlighted, but should hopefully be of interest to visitors from any country. Site includes a brief overview of the main birding areas in the Netherlands, covers the most interesting birds to be seen, and describe a few sites in detail.
    ....Birding with Bill Oddie - this webpage gives a brief oerview of the 
      Dutch sites where Bill Oddie filmed a birding video.
    ....North Noord-Holland Birding Website - Follow the "hotspots" link to
      find information on the best birding-places (called hotspots by birders) in the north of Noord-Holland. Now there is only information on this site on Zwanenwater, but soon new items will be added.
    ....Lauwersmeer - This is the best birding area on the mainland of the
      northern provinces.
    ....Birds in the Lauwersmeer - you will find information about birding
      in the northern part of the Netherlands (Friesland, Groningen and Drente) and a up to date list of birds that have been seen there. 
    ....Birding the Barracks - for some fun in virtual Dutch birding, check
      out this site by Loek van Gent. 
    ....Birds in the Netherlands - a real treat for Dutch speakers, this site
      provides photos of 169 birds found in the Netherlands. Each bird has its own page with a photo, the sound, distribution in the Netherlands, number of breeding-couples, apearance on the Dutch-red-list with explanation why it is on the list. Names are in Dutch and by scientific name.
    ....Trip Reports: Netherlands. By Gerard Joannes. 26 to 30 December,
      various years. Everybody knows the Netherlands is a flat country. There's not a hill in view and only buildings or trees stand out in relief against the flat horizon. However, it is definitely a country worth a visit. The red brick houses with their shutterless windows are very pretty. There are also canals, dykes, reed-beds, small villages with wind-mills, people wearing wooden clogs, a lot of cyclists, sheep grazing in the meadows and charming fishing harbours, all this only a few miles away from densely populated areas which we avoided. See also Gerard's second (1984), third (1993), fourth (1997) and fifth (1999) trips to the Netherlands.
    ....Trip Report - Texel Island, Netherlands. April 29 - May 2, 2001 - 
      by Ivan Steenkiste. Click on the Trip Report button to locate this lavishly illustrated trip report. Texel is really a birdwatching paradise and is almost entirely run as an ornithological reserve and natural park. Here you can see an undescribable quantity of seabirds and limicolous while the flights of wild geese obscure the sky and fields.  There are beaches, new and old dunes, heaths, wetlands of all types, and extensive mudflats on the Waddensea.
    ....Trip Report: Kenya & Netherlands - July 6-23, 2000. Bay Allen and
      Nancy Chartier.  Allen was working on setting up an Arizona tour for Sarus Tours, which ended up being cancelled due to lack of registrations, so Nigel suggested we might want to tag along on a trip to Kenya scheduled for the same time. This was a special trip organized by a group from Minnesota, who mostly all knew each other. Nigel offered to let us join the group, and we only had to think about it for a minute before saying yes! 
    ....Trip Report: Netherlands, January 24 - May 13, 1996 - by Denis
      Lepage, Departement de Biologie, Pavillon Vachon, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
    ....Trip Report: Holland, August 27-30, 1997 - Tom Harrison, La Canada,
      California USA. I wanted to get in three days of power birding in the Netherlands, and thanks to birdchatter Mark Kuiper of NatuurBeleven, that's exactly what I got. 
    ....A Walk at Tienhoven (Netherlands), February 23, 1998 - by William
      Vader. The small village of Tienhoven is situated north of Utrecht, in an archetypically Dutch area of shallow lakes (caused by peat-digging centuries ago) and low-lying polders with grassland separated by broad ditches.
    ....Trip Report: Netherlands, May 7, 1998 - by Rich Ditch. I've been an
      active birder for over 20 years, but I've never been to Europe before. A business trip to Utrecht, the Netherlands, seemed like a great opportunity to see some birds I'd only been exposed to on PBS nature programs. 
    ....Bird Guides Trip Reports - this web-site contains five excellent trip
      reports from various birding expeditions around the Netherlands.

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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Netherlands Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Red-Footed Falcon (juvenile) - Photo copyright Rudy Offereins
Photo copyright Rudy Offereins
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Rare Bird Alert

Female Blackcap - Photo copyright Rudy Offereins
Photo copyright Rudy Offereins
    ....Dutch Birding birdline (0900-20.321.28) from the Netherlands only
    ....Birds reported in the Netherlands - If you want to know which 
      rare bird has been seen in the Netherlands then this is the place to visit. Observations are graphically displayed and updated daily. Birdnames are listed in English, Dutch and scientific. Requires Netscape Navigator 4.05 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. 


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European Endemics and Specialities

in the Netherlands

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic have only been sighted in the Netherlands. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in the Netherlands. 

European Endemics in the Netherlands - No National Endemics

___ Red-legged Partridge 
Endangered Birds in the Netherlands

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Corn Crake  ___ Aquatic Warbler ___ Ferruginous Pochard

Other Speciality Birds in the Netherlands

___ Baltimore Oriole
___ Daurian Jackdaw
___ House Crow
___ Indigo Bunting
___ Northern Mockingbird
___ Pallas's Fish Eagle
___ Pied-bill Grebe
___ Ross's Goose
___ White-crowned Sparrow
___ White-faced Storm-Petrel
___ Yellow-browed Bunting
___ Yellow-rumped Warbler

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