Birds of the Arctic

Embark on an Adventure and discover Arctic animals with WILDFOOT. See Arctic animals in their natural environment including over 40 species of birds.

The Arctic region is a birder’s paradise with millions of birds migrating north for the short, but rich feeding and nesting summer season. There are some species that are regionally endemic, such as red-legged kittiwakes, horned and tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, harlequin ducks and four species of auks, which are only found in the Bering Sea area. In the European and Canadian Arctic, there are the rare ivory, Sabine’s and Ross’s gulls, along with others, plus the penguins of the north – little auks, various guillemots, fulmars, Atlantic puffins and buntings. Birds of prey include the pristine snowy owl, four species of skua and the beautiful, but difficult to spot, gyr falcon.

WILDFOOT Wildlife & Adventure Specialist

0800 195 3385

Lines are open from 9am -5.30pm
Monday - Friday


Amy Lucas
Senior Travel Expert

The following are some of the birds you may see on your European or Canadian Arctic expedition depending on the time of season and location. In addition to this, there over 200 species of birds to be seen in the Russian Far East coastal region, including rare species such as the spoon-billed sandpiper, Steller’s sea eagle and gyr falcon. One of our team travelled to this region last summer and will be happy to show you his bird list!

  • Red- throated diver
  • Fulmar
  • Pink-footed Goose
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Greylag Goose
  • Tufted Duck
  • Eider
  • King Eider
  • Common Eider
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Tufted Duck
  • Ptarmigan
  • Dunlin
  • Curlew
  • Red- throated diver
  • Grey Phalarope
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Great Skua
  • Arctic Skua
  • Long-tailed Skua
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Iceland Gull
  • Glaucus Gull
  • Ivory Gull
  • Sabine’s Gull
  • Kittiwake
  • Arctic Tern
  • Little Auk
  • Guillemot
  • Brunnich’s Guillemot
  • Black Guillemot
  • Puffin
  • Barn Swallow
  • Snow Bunting
  • Slavonian Grebe
  • Manx Shearwater
  • Gannet
  • Cormorant
  • Whooper Swan

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