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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
Slightly smaller than a reed bunting with a well marked head pattern, chestnut nape and chestnut wing panel. Spends most of its time on the ground and often seen in small flocks. Occasional birds are seen in Scotland in the summer, when males have a striking black crown, face and throat.
Wintering birds are mainly found along the east coast of the UK, from East Lothian to Kent. Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coasts usually hold the most birds.
Birds arrive from N Europe in September and October, leaving by May. Best looked for from November to March.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto