The Dunnock bird in Ireland is a small, brownish-grey bird with a slender beak and a distinctive hopping gait. It is commonly found in gardens and woodlands throughout the country.


The Dunnock is a small, plain-looking bird with a rounded body and a slender bill. The bird has a greyish-brown plumage and a pale grey breast. The Dunnock also has a distinctive, thin, dark tail with white tips.

What they eat:

Dunnocks are omnivorous and their diet includes insects, spiders, and worms, as well as seeds and berries.


Dunnocks are common in gardens, hedgerows, and woodland. They are ground feeders and tend to stay near the ground.

Size and Wingspan:

Dunnocks measure approximately 14 cm in length with a wingspan of 20-26 cm.

Male/Female Difference:

Male and female Dunnocks have similar plumage, and it can be difficult to tell them apart. However, male Dunnocks may have a slightly darker plumage during breeding season.

Where to find:

Dunnocks can be found throughout Ireland, and they are one of the most widespread breeding species in the country.

What months can be found in Ireland:

Dunnocks are present in Ireland all year-round but are most frequently seen between March and September.

Interesting note:

Dunnocks have a unique breeding pattern known as extra-pair copulation. This means that females will mate with males other than their primary partner to increase the genetic diversity of their offspring. This behavior has been observed in around 20% of Dunnock pairs.

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