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Conservation status: Red

This nondescript lowland farmland bird is the largest of the buntings and is most usually seen perched on a wire or post. It is a stout, dumpy bird brown which flies off with a fluttering flight and with its legs characteristically 'dangling'. Its dramatic population decline in the UK makes it a Red List species.



Latin name

Emberiza calandra


Buntings (Emberizidae)

Where to see them

Often seen perched prominently on a hedge, post or wire, singing its jangling song. In the summer corn buntings prefer open farmland and in winter they may be found in stubbles, root crops, weedy fields and cattle yards or stockyards.

When to see them

All year round - forms flocks in the winter.

What they eat

Seeds and insects.


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-11,000 territories--



In the UK
Patchy- absent from Wales, N Ireland and parts of England and Scotland.


Stuart Fisher, Xeno-canto

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