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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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