Birding Factoids

435 species
in 49 families

None of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
10 speciality species
4 endangered species

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Swedish Specialities
Eurasian Blackbird - Sweden's National Bird - Photo copyright Harold Stiver
Photo copyright Harold Stiver

Ortulan Bunting - Photo copyright Frode Falkenberg

Photo copyright Frode Falkenberg

Rustic Bunting - Photo copyright Frode Falkenberg

Photo copyright Frode Falkenberg

Temminck's Stint - Photo copyright George McCarthy

Photo copyright George McCarthy

Long-tailed Tit - Photo copyright Jeremy Barker

Photo copyright Jeremy Barker

Broad-billed Sandpiper - Photo copyright Paul Gale

Photo copyright Paul Gale

Great Snipe - Photo copyright Nick Lowton

Photo copyright Nick Lowton
    ....The Club 300 Guide - This Guide will take you to the best birding 
      sites in Sweden, from migration Hot-spots in the south to exotic forests and mountains in the north. Clickable Maps lead to 19 birding hotspots.
    ....Falsterbo Bird Observatory, which is owned and administrated by 
      the Scanian Ornithological Society. The Observatory is since 1988 also a meteorological station under the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). 
    ....Birds at Ottenby Bird Observatory - Ottenby
      is primarily a place for migrating birds. Every spring and autumn a great number of migrators leave or reach Sweden here. In Sweden about 475 bird species have been observed, and 345 of them have been seen at Ottenby.
    ....Welcome to Utlängan - Utlängan is a good
      place for migrating birds. A large number of migrants, especially seabirds, pass the island north- or southbound each spring and autumn. Utlängan is a small island off the southeastern tip of Sweden.
    ....The Golden Eagle - this site provides links to:
      • Watching Birds on Värmdö
      • The Archipelago of Stockholm
      • Birds at Lake Angarm
    ....Nedre Helgeån Bird Station - The bird station
      (56°00'N, 14°15'E) is located in the northeastern part of the province Scania in the very south of Sweden. Concerning the number of breeding bird species, this area is one of the richest in Sweden, due to a wide diversity of habitats.
    ....Lake Tåkern - Lake Tåkern is an extremely
      eutrophic lake situated in southern Sweden in the county of Östergötland. In the meadow areas between the reeds and the shore many diffrent speices of waders can be found breeding and resting. mayby the best place to watch these are at the bird tower in the eastern part of the lake, at Hov.
    ....The Lapponian Area - includes:
      • Muddus NP II (National Park)
      • Padjelanta NP II (National Park)
      • Sarek NP II (National Park)
      • Stora-Sjöfallet NP V (Protected Landscape)
      • Sjaunja NR Ia (Strict Nature Reserve/Scientific Reserve)
      • Stubba NR IV (Managed Nature Reserve)
      The bog surrounding the central lake in Muddus, Muddusjaure, supports a great variety of birds. Accordingly, a large area has been set aside as a bird sanctuary, with entry prohibited. In the Sjaunja mires more than 150 bird species have been observed, at least 100 of which have been confirmed as breeding.
    ....Peter Nilsson's Yard - a different kind of "trip" report. Oh, to have 
      a yard like this!
    ....Swedish Birding Links - many in Swedish.
    ....David B. Collinge's Swedish Birding Trip Reports - David provides
      five different trip reports for Sweden, ranging from day trips to a one-week family trip. Sites covered include:
      • Skåne (Scania) 
      • Småland
      • Öland
    ....Trip Report: Scandinavia (Sweden, Finland, and Norway), 
      July 1 - 30, 1987 - by Gerard Joannes. Scandinavia has changed a lot recently. Finding food at a reasonable price was very difficult during my first trip from 1 to 30 July 1987. I did a lot of sight-seeing then only watching birds when I saw them. During my second trip in 1996 which was entirely devoted to bird-watching, we found food very easily at supermarket prices..
    ....Trip Report: South Sweden & Denmark, January 14-16, 2000 by
      Remco Hofland. Having heard about the many Pygmy Owls, sighted in Denmark in autumn 1999, we decided to try our luck on this most-wanted species of ours. This report is about our hunt for winter owls.
    ....Trip Report: Northern Scandinavia (Finland, Sweden, and Norway) 
      June 13-28, 1998 by Gruff Dodd. In June 1998 I was finally able to satisfy a long outstanding ambition to travel to this wonderful part of Europe in search of some of its most magical birds. I had wanted to visit this region for many years.
    ....Trip Report: Jylland (Denmark), Northern Germany, and Koitjärve
      (Sweden), April 2-13, 1998. I write very briefly, mainly for the benefit of the North-American readers, from whom I have always got most plentiful comments and most beautiful compliments concerning my trip reports. For the European readers, I must tell that there is nothing outstanding here -- just common species. 
    ....Trip Report: Tynnigö (Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden), Summer 1998
      by Michael Watkins. I have just returned from a short trip to Sweden. The restricted time meant a restricted area, so this may have some value as an observation in a very small area in a short time. 
    ....Trip Report: Northern Scandinavia June 1999 - by Teus Luijendijk.
      In June 1999, Pieter van der Luit and I set out for a trip through Northern Sweden, Finland and Norway. In this report I have summarised our findings, mostly regarding to the birds (and mammals) we observed. Our goal was to find as many of the 'Northern speciality birds' as possible. Any birder will know what I mean with this: the (North-)Scandinavian forests and tundra's host a number of bird species that are difficult, or even impossible, to see elsewhere. 
    ....Trip Report: Northern Scandinavia, May-June 2000, by 
      Simon Woolley and Julia Casson.

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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 Swedish Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!

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Rare Bird Alert

Eurasian Siskin - Photo copyright Eric Kleyheeg
Photo copyright Eric Kleyheeg
         Swedish birdline - 071-268300
         Check also the Sweden birdline

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European Endemics and Specialities

in Sweden

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 Sweden. 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 Sweden. 

No European Endemics in Sweden - No National Endemics

Endangered Birds in Sweden

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Corn Crake ___ Lesser White-fronted Goose  ___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Steller's Eider

Other Speciality Birds in Sweden

___ Asian Brown Flycatcher
___ Crab Plover
___ Daurian Jackdaw 
___ Long-tailed Rosefinch
___ Long-toed Stint
___ Parakeet Auklet
___ Redhead
___ Sora
___ Steller's Sea-Eagle
___ Veery

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