Twite

The twite is a small brown bird from the finch family. In Ireland it is a very rare breeding species, found only in coastal bogs in Mayo and Donegal. The twite builds its nest in a bush and lays five or six light-blue eggs. Treeless moorland is the favoured habitat for breeding and it feeds mostly on seeds.

The decline of the twite in Ireland is attributed to changes in agricultural practice including overgrazing of heather hillsides and it is categorised as red-listed due to the reduction in breeding population.

Image (c) by MPF used under Creative Commons License BY-SA 3.0.

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