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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.

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Overview

Latin name

Calcarius lapponicus

Family

Buntings (Emberizidae)

Where to see them

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.

When to see them

Birds arrive from N Europe in September and October, leaving by May. Best looked for from November to March.

What they eat

Seeds

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
--710 birds-

Distribution

Key

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto