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Conservation status: Red

A charming relative of the yellowhammer that is at the limit of its European range in the UK.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Emberiza cirlus

Family

Buntings (Emberizidae)

Where to see them

Confined to south-west England. Best looked for in fields and hedges of south Devon, near to the coast.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects and seeds

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-860 territories--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
SW England

Audio

Mathias Ritschard, Xeno-canto