BIRDS

The Cliffs of Moher has been a special protection area for birds since 1989 , the area covers 200 hectares including an area of water in front of the cliffs . The cliffs and surrounding area house more than 20 species of nesting birds including 9 species of breeding seabird .
Bird watching is very popular at the Cliffs of Moher especially during nesting season and also as the cliffs are the best known viewing location in Ireland  for a number of species .
Below is a list of some of the birds that can be found at the Cliffs of Moher .
Name : Puffin 
When : March to Sept   best May and June
Description : The Puffins are stocky winged and short tailed birds with black upper parts and a white or brownish – grey underparts , the head has a black cap , the face is mainly white .
Best viewing site : Goat Island and lower sections of the cliffs
Puffins Wildlife Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Razorbill
When :  March/April to August/Sept
Description :  The Razorbill has white underparts and a black head , neck , back and feet during breading season. A thin white line also extends from the eyes to the end of the bill , during non breeding season the throat and face behind the eye become white and the white line on the face becomes less prominent , the thick black bill has a blunt end . With over 7000 birds the Cliffs of Moher are one of the best known viewing locations in Ireland and is an internationally important site for the species .

Best viewing site : The Great Stack

 
 
 
Razorbill Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Chough
When :  All year
Description :  These birds have all black plumage similar to other members of the crow family which they are part of but can be distinguished by there brightly coloured bills and legs .

Best viewing site : Various locations across the cliffs 

Chough Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Common Gull
When :  All Year
Description :  This medium sized gull has a greyish upper body and white below .The head is streaked grey in the colder winter months and the bill has a blackish band near the tip . They have a noticeable high pitched cry that nearly sounds they are laughing at you .

Best viewing site : Throughout the cliffs

Common Gull Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Gullimot
When :  May to August
Description :   This member of the auk family come to the Cliffs of Moher during breeding season in large groups known as loomeries . They are easy to identify when they are at the cliffs their bodies are white with the head and neck dark brown almost like they are wearing a hood . The female Gullimot will lay one egg on the cliffs when its young is approx. 3 weeks old it will take its first life or death plunge from the cliffs .

Best viewing site : Throughout the cliffs

 
Common Gull Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Black Gullimot
When :  May to August
Description :   Another distinctive bird during breeding season which is when you will mostly  see them at the Cliffs of Moher , they are all black with just white tips at the end of their wings and red feet . In winter it is white below with white barring on upper body .

Best viewing site : Throughout the cliffs

 
 
Black Gullimot Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Fulmar
When :  All year round
Description :   A full time resident at the Cliffs of Moher you will regularly see them hanging in the updraft created by the cliffs , a gull like bird with white underparts on pale grey upperparts , has a thick neck and large head .The fulmar feeds on fish, squid, crustaceans, and ships’ refuse. It comes to land only to breed. The female lays one white egg in a shallow depression on a rocky cliff

Best viewing site : Throughout the cliffs

 

 

 
Fulmar Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Kittiwake
When :  Summer months
Description :   A gentle looking, medium-sized gull with a small yellow bill and a dark eye. It has a grey back and is white underneath. Younger birds have a dark w pattern across the tail band .Kittiwakes make their nests on the narrow ledges in the Cliffs of Moher and are made up of mud  ,seaweed and grass.

Best viewing site : Great Stack

 
 

 

 
Kittiwake Cliffs of Moher
Name :  Peregrine
When :  All Year
Description :  The Peregrine is a member of the Falcon family and it is a formidable hunter built to dominate the skys around it.   It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black ‘moustache’ that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely spotted. With the Cliffs of Moher having tens of thousands of birds around it they prove to be rich hunting grounds for the Peregrine who feast on medium sized birds.

Best viewing site : O’Briens Tower

 

 

 
 

 

 
Peregrine Cliffs of Moher