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Species List

of the

Birds of County Cork

Below are links to the complete checklist of bird species recorded in county Cork, Ireland. Every effort has been made to make it as accurate as possible with available information. Sources used include Cork county and Irish bird reports. If you see any errors or have additional information for this list please let us know so we can keep it as accurate and up to date as possible.

Invaluable information and comment on this list was provided by the current committee of the Cork Bird Report and Pat Smiddy. We would like to thank Kieran Fahy for permission to use an extract of Cork rarity records from his database of Irish rarities.

Where possible information up to at least the end of 2013 is given for each species . For rare species only those records accepted by the Irish Rare Birds Committee (IRBC) are included and currently those records are only available up to the end of 2013. Further information will be added to bring all species accounts up to date as soon as relevant data becomes available.

Species Distribution Maps based on the BirdWatch Ireland/BTO Bird Atlas 2007-11 can be seen by clicking on the 'Summer Distribution/Winter Distribution' links in the species accounts. NOTE: All distribution maps are copyright of BTO/BirdWatch Ireland and cannot be used without permission. Species distribution information is given for very sporadic and rare breeding species in Ireland. To give an idea of where rare birds and winter migrants seen in the county come from we have included global species distribution notes for those species.

The taxonomy used follows that of Voous (1977) with subsequent changes adopted by the Irish Rare Bird Committee recommended by the Taxonomic Sub-Committee of the BOURC and the Taxonomic Advisory Committee of the AERC.

The current county list stands at 423 species.

Click on the a species group below to get details.

Swans Cygnus ( 3)
Geese
Anser, Branta (7)
Surface Feeding Ducks
Anatini (13)
Diving Ducks
Aythya, Somateria, Mergus et al. (21)
Grouse, Partridges and Pheasants
Tetraoninae (5)
Loons/Divers
Gaviidae (4)
Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels
Diomedeidae, Procellariiformes, Hydrobatidae. (14)
Gannets
Sulidae (1)
Cormorants
Phalacrocoracidae (2)
Frigatebirds
Fregatidae (1)
Herons, Storks and Ibises
Ardeidae, Ciconiiformes, Threskiornithidae (14)
Grebes
Podicipedidae (6)
Vultures, Eagles, Kites Harriers and Buzzards et al
Accipitridae (16)
Falcons Falconidae (6)
Rails, Crakes and Coots
Rallidae (8)
Cranes
Gruidae (2)
Bustards
Otididae (2)
Oystercatchers
Haematopodidae (1)
Stilts and Avocets
Recurvirostridae (2)
Stone Curlews
Burhinidae (1)
Plovers and lapwings
Charadriidae (10)
Sandpipers, Stints, Curlews, Snipes et al.
Scolopacidae (45)
Skuas
Stercorariidae (4)
Gulls
Laridae (21)
Terns
Sternidae, Chlidoniae (14)
Auks
Alcidae (6)
Sandgrouse
Pteroclididae (1)
Pigeons and Doves
Columbidae (6)
Cuckoos
Cuculidae (3)
Owls
Tytonidae and Strigidae (6)
Nightjars
Caprimulgidae (2)
Swifts
Apodidae (5)
Kingfishers
Alcedinidae (1)
Bee-eaters
Meropidae (1)
Rollers
Coraciidae (1)
Hoopoe
Upupidae (1)
Woodpeckers
Picidae (3)
Vireos
Vireonidae (2)
Orioles
Oriolidae (1)
Shrikes
Laniidae (5)
Crows
Corvidae (8)
Crests
Regulidae (2)
Tits
Paridae et al. (5)
Larks
Alaudidae (4)
Swallow, Martins
Hirundinidae (4)
Warblers
Sylviidae (36)
Waxwings
Bombycillidae (1)
Catbirds
Mimidae (1)
Treecreepers
Certhiidae (1)
Wrens
Troglodytidae (1)
Starlings
Sturnidae (2)
Dippers
Cinclidae (1)
Thrushes and Wheatears
Turdidae (27)
Accentors
Prunellidae (1)
Flycatchers
Muscicapidae (3)
Sparrows
Passeridae (2)
Wagtails and Pipits
Motacillidae ( 14)
Finches
Fringillidae (15)
Buntings
Emberizidae (16)
New World Blackbirds, Orioles, Bobolink et al
Icteridae (2)
North American Wood Warblers
Parulidae (9)

(Banner Photo: Scarlet Tanager by Mark Carmody)