Irish language bird names are stunning but it’s important not to rely on things like Google Translate to hunt down their magical names as you may be led astray.
For this list, I cross-referenced between 4 dictionaries as well as books such as the great ‘Detective in the Wild – A bilingual field book‘ by Éamon de Buitléar.
Some of the birds’ names on this list don’t have sound files, however, I’ve linked to an Irish language synthesiser at the bottom of this article.
Here are 15 Irish language bird names for you to enjoy:
1. Smólach – Thrush
2. Lasair Choille – Goldfinch
3. Donnóg – Dunnock
Listen to the pronunciation of ‘Donnóg’ here.
4. Fearán Baicdhubh – Collared Dove
5. Corcrán Coille – Bullfinch
6. Meantán Gorm – Blue Tit
7. Faoileán – Seagull
Listen to the pronunciation of ‘Faoileán’ here.
8. Meantán Mór – Great Tit
9. Glasán Darach – Greenfinch
10. Gealbhan binne – House Sparrow
11. Rí Rua – Chaffinch
12. Cearc Cheannann – Coot
13. Lon Dubh – Blackbird
See the lead image. You can listen to the pronunciation of ‘Lon Dubh’ here.
14. Spideog – Robin
Listen to the pronunciation of ‘Spideog’ here.
15. Dreoilín – Wren
Listen to the pronunciation of Dreoilín here.
Did you enjoy this list of Irish language bird names? Have a go at hearing them by clicking the synthesiser here. You can check out our list of Irish language flower names on site too! This piece contains affiliate links.
Not sure that’s a blackbird with white patch on forehead. Article is topped by photo of proper blackbird
Hi Brendan! That image is under the heading of a ‘coot’ not a blackbird 🙂
what is irish word for curlew?.