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Yellowhammer (Emberiza citronella)

Yellowhammer Emberiza citronella The common bunting of farmland and bushy heaths, the Yellowhammer is typical of warm, sunny days when the males sing non-stop. In winter, they gather in small groups, or mix with other buntings and finches, roaming weedy fields or ploughed land, … Continue reading

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Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)

   Male Ortolans sing from bushes or trees on warm open slopes or in areas of upland pasture with hedges,walls, and copses. Their persistence makes up for a lack of real musical quality. Ortolan Buntings are also scarce but regular migrants in … Continue reading

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Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

Little Bunting  Emberiza pusilla  Rather like a small Reed Bunting (and requiring great care when identifying migrants in autumn), the Little Bunting is a bird of the far north. It breeds in the vast taiga zone with mixed coniferousand birch … Continue reading

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Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Reed Bunting  Species Emberiza schoeniclus One of the more on back common buntings, especially in any damp or wet landscape, the Reed Bunting is easy to find and identify in summer. Males sing monotonously from low perches in the wetland vegetation. In … Continue reading

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BUNTINGS Family Emberizidae

      BUNTINGS  Family Emberizidae ABUNTING LOOKS MUCH like a finch: in general, buntings are a little slimmer and longer-tailed, and the structure of the bill is more constant, with a small upper mandible fittingneatly into a deeper, broader lower … Continue reading

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Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

A pest in some areas, but seriously declining in many, the Bullfinch is a quiet, inconspicuous bird despite its bold plumage. It uses its round bill to feed on soft buds, flowers, and shoots rather than hard seeds, usually feeding … Continue reading

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

This large, stocky, thick-billed finch breeds in loose groups in tall trees, old hedges, overgrown gardens, and orchards, and is a frequent garden visitor in winter, either to feeders or to shrubs with berries. Where common, Greenfinches gather into large … Continue reading

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