15 Irish language bird names to enjoy today

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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
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2. Lasair Choille – Goldfinch
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3. Donnóg – Dunnock

Listen to the pronunciation of ‘Donnóg’ here.

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4. Fearán Baicdhubh – Collared Dove
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5. Corcrán Coille – Bullfinch
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6. Meantán Gorm – Blue Tit
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7. Faoileán – Seagull

Listen to the pronunciation of ‘Faoileán’ here.

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8. Meantán Mór – Great Tit
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9. Glasán Darach – Greenfinch
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10. Gealbhan binne – House Sparrow
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11. Rí Rua – Chaffinch
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12. Cearc Cheannann – Coot
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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.

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15. Dreoilín – Wren

Listen to the pronunciation of Dreoilín here.

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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.



  1. Brendan Cuddihy says:

    Not sure that’s a blackbird with white patch on forehead. Article is topped by photo of proper blackbird

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Hi Brendan! That image is under the heading of a ‘coot’ not a blackbird 🙂

    2. Margaret Geaney says:

      That’s a coot. The blackbird is the first one at the top of the page. M

  2. donal hartnett says:

    what is irish word for curlew?.

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:


  3. R O’Sullivan says:

    For heaven’s sake!! When does a wren, (No 15) Irish or otherwise, have a yellow breast, a broad eye stripe and a white “chin”? Sloppy, crappy attention to detail, probably copied from Birds of the Caribbean, starring Johnny Depp & The Prancing Wrens.

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Hello there, this is the Carolina Wren. More details here.

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