The Song Thrush bird (Turdus philomelos) is also known in dialects as a 'throstle' or 'mavis'. The Song Thrush is a common European member of the thrush family Turdidae. Song Thrushes are small birds growing to about 22 - 23 centimetres long and weighing 70 - 90 grams in weight. … [Read more...]
Animals in Europe
Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia. It is bounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The eastern boundary with Asia is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them. Europe is commonly considered to be separated from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits.
Although the term "continent" implies physical geography, Europe is more often referred to as a cultural continent, deriving its identity from its common cultural heritage of Greco-Roman classical civilization, the Christianity that originated from the Middle East, and the Western culture that developed in Europe after centuries of waves of migration from East Asia and South Asia.
Europe has a wide variety of topographies, with vast plains, mountains, and coastal areas. The continent is divided into about 50 sovereign states, with Russia being the largest and most populous. Europe covers an area of 10,180,000 square kilometers (3,930,00012 sq mi), or 2% of the Earth's surface
Europe has a rich history, dating back to ancient civilizations like the Celts, Greeks, and Romans. It was also the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, and the Industrial Revolution.
Today, Europe is a major center of politics, economics, and culture. It is home to some of the world's most famous cities like London, Paris, Berlin, and Moscow.
The term "Europe" is derived from the Latin word Europa, which means "land of the setting sun" or "land of the rising sun". The name might also be related to the ancient Phoenician goddess Europa, who was the patron goddess of Tyre and is often depicted with a bull.
Europe is home to a wide variety of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
One of the most iconic animals in Europe is the brown bear. Brown bears are found in forests and mountainous areas across the continent. They are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals.
Another popular animal in Europe is the red fox. Red foxes are found in woods and forests throughout the continent. They are mainly carnivores, eating small mammals like rabbits and rodents.
There are also many different species of birds in Europe. Some of the most popular include the barn owl, the common raven, and the Eurasian blue tit.
Reptiles and amphibians are also found in Europe. Some of the most common include the European adder, the European green toad, and the Western Hermann's tortoise.
Europe is a continent with a rich history and diverse wildlife.
Badgers (Meles meles), are the largest members of the Mustelid family and are Britains largest land carnivores. Badgers are rarely seen and those who catch a glimpse are very fortunate. Badgers are nocturnal, underground dwellers that are quite common on the British Isles.There … [Read more...]
The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), is one of Britains most brightly colored and interesting birds. Kingfishers are widespread, especially in central and southern England, becoming less common further north, however, following some declines last century, they are currently … [Read more...]
The Bean Goose is a rare winter visitor to Britain. There are two regular wintering flocks of Taiga Bean Goose, in the Yare Valley, Norfolk and the Avon Valley, Scotland. A formerly regular flock in Dumfries and Galloway no longer occurs there. Tundra Bean Goose has no regular … [Read more...]
The Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) is an amazing bird that is a member of the shearwater family, a family of birds that consists of over twenty different species. Around the British Isles, it is the most commonly sighted of the shearwaters, The prefix Manx, meaning from … [Read more...]
The Common Buzzard is a large bird of prey and one of the most visible of Britain's raptors. The Common Buzzard has a large British population and can often be seen on a clear day out in the British countryside. It can be observed either sitting on a fence post awaiting its next … [Read more...]
Harvest Mouse The Harvest Mouse (Micromys minutus) is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. It is the smallest rodent in Europe. In Britain, it is common in parts of Wales and from Yorkshire southwards in England, however, it is not found on high ground. The Harvest Mouse … [Read more...]
The Common Frog (Rana temporaria) is also known as the European Common Frog or European Common Brown Frog. The Common Frog is found throughout much of Europe as far north as the Arctic Circle. The Common Frog can also be found in Ireland and is the only frog that is found there. … [Read more...]
The Polecat (Mustela putorius) is a member of the weasel family (Mustelids) and is also known as a 'Fitch' relating to its fur. It is related to stoats, otters, weasels and minks. Polecats were once widespread and common throughout mainland Britain. However, due to heavy … [Read more...]
The Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara), also known as the viviparous lizard, is a Eurasian lizard. It lives farther north than any other reptile species. It ranges across central and northern Europe and through to northern Asia, being the most common lizard in Northern regions … [Read more...]