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Black-headed Gull
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Latin Name:

Larus ridibundus

Irish Name:

Sléibhín

Similar Species :

Mediterranean and Common Gulls, Kittiwake.

Breeding :

Breeds both on the coast and inland where they will often nest in colonies. Usually, nests on the ground in wetland areas, such as bogs and marshes and will also use man made lakes. Numbers breeding inland have declined dramatically, probably due to preda

Where to See:

An easy species to see, especially in the winter. Can be seen on ploughed fields and in towns and cities.

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Blackbird
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Latin Name:

Turdus merula

Irish Name:

Londubh

Similar Species :

Starling, Song Thrush, Ring Ouzel

Breeding :

Breeds throughout Ireland in many different habitats - mostly in hedgerows and gardens. Nest in trees or bushes - especially brambles and ivy, but also conifers. Will use large open-fronted nestboxes.

Where to See:

Widespread and common throughout Ireland.

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Blue Tit
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Latin Name:

Parus caeruleus

Irish Name:

Meantán gorm

Similar Species :

Great Tit, Coal Tit

Breeding :

Breeds throughout Ireland - prefers broad-leaved woodland, but also in farmland, parks and gardens. Nests in cavity in tree or wall. Occasionally chooses an unusual site such as a pipe or letterbox, but will readily use nestboxes.

Where to See:

Common and widespread in Ireland.

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Chaffinch - female
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Latin Name:

Fringilla coelebs

Irish Name:

Rí Rua

Similar Species :

Brambling

Breeding :

Breeds throughout Ireland - mainly in or near woodland, but also in parks and gardens. Nest, of moss and dried grass - often camouflaged with lichens and cobwebs, in a fork near end of branch.

Where to See:

Common and widespread throughout Ireland.

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Coal Tit
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Latin Name:

Parus ater

Irish Name:

Meantán dubh

Similar Species :

Blue Tit, Great Tit

Breeding :

Breeds throughout Ireland mostly in coniferous woodland, but also in other woodland, farmland and gardens. Nests in cavity in tree or wall and will use nestboxes.

Where to See:

Common and widespread throughout Ireland.

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Dunnock
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Latin Name:

Prunella modularis

Irish Name:

Donnóg

Similar Species :

Wren, House Sparrow

Breeding :

Breeds mainly in hedgerows, all over the country. Nest of moss and dead grass.

Where to See:

Widespread and common throughout Ireland.

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Grey Heron
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Latin Name:

Ardea cinerea

Irish Name:

Corr réisc

Similar Species :

None in Ireland.

Breeding :

Clutch: 3-4 eggs (rarely 2 broods). Incubation: 27-29 days. Fledging: 50-55 days (Altricial). Age of first breeding: 2 years. Grey Herons breed in large trees and can form large heronries, some of which have been in use for over 100 years.

Where to See:

Wetlands around the whole country.

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Greenfinch
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Latin Name:

Carduelis chloris

Irish Name:

Glasán darach

Similar Species :

The only all green finch likely to turn up in gardens.

Breeding :

Breeds throughout Ireland - in hedgerows, parks and gardens. Nest, of coarse dead grass and small twigs, well concealed, quite high in hedge.

Where to See:

Common and widespread throughout Ireland

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Mallard
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Latin Name:

Anas platyrhynchos

Irish Name:

Mallard

Similar Species :

Males are unmistakable. Females and juveniles resemble other female and immature dabbling ducks.

Breeding :

Nest sites vary, mostly in ground where hidden in vegetation.

Where to See:

Common throughout Ireland.

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Mute Swan
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Latin Name:

Cygnus olor

Irish Name:

Eala bhalbh

Similar Species :

Only likely to be confused with Whooper and Bewick's Swans in Ireland.

Breeding :

Clutch: 4-7 eggs (1 brood) Incubation: 34-45 days. Fledging: 120-150 days (precocial). Age of first breeding: 3 years. Breeds on lakes, ponds & rivers, and nests are a large mound constructed from reed stem and other aquatic vegetation, with seaweed being

Where to See:

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Pied Wagtail
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Latin Name:

Motacilla alba yarrellii

Irish Name:

Glasóg shráide

Similar Species :

Grey Wagtail

Breeding :

Breeds in a wide variety of habitats, inclubing urban areas but largely absent from bogs and upland areas.

Where to See:

Common throughout Ireland.

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Pheasant
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Latin Name:

Phasianus colchicus

Irish Name:

Piasún

Similar Species :

None in Ireland

Breeding :

Nests on the ground. An introduced species from Asia, first introduced in the 16th century. Two races have been introduced to Ireland, but the race from China with its white neck ring has dominated. A game bird, it is raised in large numbers and released

Where to See:

Not a difficult species to see. Often seen in fields along roads.

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Robin
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Latin Name:

Erithacus rubecula

Irish Name:

Spideog

Similar Species :

Redbreast, Ploughman's Bird, Ruddock

Breeding :

Breeds throughout Ireland in many different habitats. Nest usually well-concealed in a bank, ivy or cavity in tree or wall. Sometimes chooses unusual location such as a hat or garment hanging in garden shed. Will use open-fronted nestboxes.

Where to See:

Widespread and common throughout Ireland.

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Reed Bunting
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Latin Name:

Emberiza schoeniclus

Irish Name:

Gealóg ghiolcaí

Similar Species :

Other Bunting species.

Breeding :

A common breeding bird in wetlands with some reedbed areas or in boglands and less frequently in young conifer plantations.

Where to See:

Widespread in Ireland. The East Coast Nature Reserve is a good site to see Reed Buntings in Ireland, especially in spring and summer.

Ringed Plover
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Latin Name:

Charadrius hiaticula

Irish Name:

Feadóg chladaigh

Similar Species :

none

Breeding :

Mostly coastal breeding distribution, preferring to nest on exposed wide sandy or shingle beaches. Some breed inland, particularly in the west, where their preferred nesting habitat is on short-grazed pasture beside rivers and along lake

Where to See:

The Mullet, Broadhaven & Blacksod Bays in County Mayo, Outer Ards in County Down, Tralee Bay, Lough Gill & Akeragh Lough in County Kerry, Dublin Bay in County Dublin and Inner Galway Bay in County Galway are among the most important wintering sites (250-4

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Redpoll
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Latin Name:

Carduelis flammea

Irish Name:

Gleoisin culdearg

Similar Species :

Linnet

Breeding :

Nesting early May to mid July, 4 - 5 shiny pale green-blue eggs with a light scattering of red-brown flecks and blotches

Where to See:

A bird typical of coniferous and mixed woodlands

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Swallow
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Latin Name:

Hirundo rustica

Irish Name:

Fáinleog

Similar Species :

Sand and House Martin

Breeding :

Constructs a bowl-shaped nest out of mud in suitable spots in barns and other buildings.

Where to See:

Common throughout Ireland in the summer. Large flocks gather at wetland sites prior to migration in autumn.

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Spotted Flycatcher
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Latin Name:

Musciapa striata

Irish Name:

Cuilire liath

Similar Species :

Pied Flycatcher

Breeding :

Spotted Flycatchers are a widespread breeding bird in broadleaf woodlands, well-vegetated hedgerows, parks and gardens. Will use nestboxes.

Where to See:

Widespread in Ireland

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Sparrowhawk
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Latin Name:

Accipiter nisus

Irish Name:

Spioróg

Similar Species :

Goshawk, Kestrel

Breeding :

Probably the most common bird of prey in Ireland. Widespread in woodland, farmland with woods, larger parks and gardens. Nests in trees. Breeds throughout Ireland but is scarce in the west, where tree cover is low. Formally bird of woodland, it is now als

Where to See:

Many people see these birds in their gardens, where they will be hunting on small birds. Can be difficult to spot in the countryside but will often give good views, when flying over head, where it may on 'prospecting' flights.

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Willow Warbler
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Latin Name:

Phylloscopus trochilus

Irish Name:

Ceolaire sailí

Similar Species :

Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler.

Breeding :

One of the commonest breeding birds in Ireland (about 1 million pairs), with the highest densities in stands of willows along the edges of bogs and marshes. Less frequently in hedgerows, forests and well-vegetated gardens.

Where to See:

Common throughout Ireland.

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