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The whinchat is a widespread summer visitor to Ireland's uplands and scrubland. It is about the same size as a robin. It feeds on insects and other invertebrates and breeds in a wide variety of habitats including meadows and bracken-covered slopes.
The Irish breeding population has been declining in the last few years and it is amber-listed for this reason.
Image (c) by Frank Vassen used under Creative Commons License BY-SA 2.0.
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