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Conservation status: Amber

A brown, long-tailed bird, usually seen flying rapidly across the top of a reedbed. Males have black 'moustaches' rather than 'beards'. They are sociable and noisy , their 'ping' calls often being the first clue to their presence. They are particularly vulnerable to severe winters and their population has declined in recent years, making them an Amber List species.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Panurus biarmicus

Family

Tits (Timaliidae)

Where to see them

Found only in reedbeds. May move away from breeding areas in winter.

When to see them

All year round

What they eat

Insects, insect larvae, spiders and seeds

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
240,000-480,000 pairs630 pairs--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
Mainly eastern and southern England
In Europe
Most of Europe apart from N Scandinavia
Worldwide
Europe and Asia

Audio

Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto