Birds are thought to come from a dinosaur lineage, and still retain features of their prehistoric ancestors today. With over 9,000 species, discover how they helped to shape the world’s most significant evolutionary theory, and take a look at British birds of the past, immortalised in the Museum’s collections of paintings. Find out how the fossilised link between dinosaurs and birds has revealed the mysterious origins of flight.
Post your photos and ask the experts for help identifying all species of British bird, from coal tits and sparrows in your garden, to birds of prey.
Here are some tips for birdwatching that will help you discover the fascinating world of birds.
Browse William MacGillivray’s spectacular gallery of watercolours – some of the most accomplished bird depictions ever produced.
Examine a virtual specimen of an Archaeopteryx brain case, in our 3D reconstruction of the earliest known flying bird.
Why do animals migrate, how do they find the way, and how do they survive the journey?
Find out how mockingbirds from the Galapagos Islands, not finches, gave Charles Darwin his ideas about evolution. Watch the video.