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Conservation status: Amber

Sparrow-sized but slim and with a long, deeply notched tail, the male has a black head, white collar and a drooping moustache. Females and winter males have a streaked head. In flight the tail looks black with broad, white edges.

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Overview

Latin name

Emberiza schoeniclus

Family

Buntings (Emberizidae)

Where to see them

Predominantly a farmland and wetland bird. Typically found in wet vegetation but has recently spread into farmland and, in winter, into gardens. When singing the male usually perched on top of a bush, or reed.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Seeds and insects

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-250,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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