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It's wild: Wren is king of the birds 07.05.14

by Linda McGrory

IT'S official. The wren is Ireland's most common bird with more than six million of them populating our countryside, latest data shows.
The small brownish bird (Irish: Dreolín) with the incredibly loud song, tops a league table of the most populous adult birds nesting here, followed by the swallow, robin and blackbird.
The chaffinch, rook, jackdaw, starling, woodpigeon and house sparrow complete the top ten in the survey published in the international journal 'Bird Study'.
It also shows that Ireland now has a population of a staggering 62 million individual common and breeding adult birds covering 51 species.
Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch said the data was collected through an analysis of its Countryside Bird Survey and the Bird Atlas 2007 - 2011.
"The figures are the best available estimates of how many of our common and widespread birds there are in Ireland," said Mr Hatch.
"While the wren tops the table at more than six million birds, the summer migrant swallow comes a close second and the robin is not too far behind.
"Knowing how many birds we have is really important. When these results are combined with those from other European countries, we can measure just how important Ireland is for our common and widespread birds. This helps us to prioritise where action is most needed," said Mr Hatch.
 The Wren.
The data shows that Ireland currently has a population of 6.2m adult wrens; 5.8m swallows; 5.4m robins; 4.9m blackbirds and 4.2m chaffinches. It has 3.7m rooks; 2.8m jackdaws and 2.7m starlings. The bird population will be significantly higher with the birth of juveniles in the current breeding season.
Meanwhile, Spring favourite, the blue tit, lies in eleventh place at 2.2m while the dunnock takes twelfth position at 1.7m. We have 1.3m great tits; almost 957,000 song thrushes and almost 917,000 goldfinches.
While some might view it as a noisy pest, the stunning magpie numbers just over 755,000 adult birds here.
Mr Hatch said Ireland's non-extreme weather and its geographical location as the last outpost in Europe contributes to making it a rich habitat for birdlife.

Ireland's bird population:
Wren 6,237,680
Swallow 5,863,920
Robin 5,460,320
Blackbird 4,917,410
Chaffinch 4,214,060
Rook 3,751,300
Jackdaw 2,806,560
Starling 2,716,030
Woodpigeon 2,645,400
House Sparrow 2,418,810
Blue Tit 2,294,930
Dunnock 1,760,290
Meadow Pipit 1,719,240
Willow Warbler 1,665,140
Great Tit 1,377,130
Song Thrush 956,440
Coal Tit 925,390
Goldfinch 916,540
Greenfinch 830,110
Magpie 755,520
The Robin.
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