How to identify

The Cirl Bunting is a charming relative of the Yellowhammer. The UK is the very limit of its European range. In spring, males have a striking black chin, eye stripe and crown, with yellow stripes on its head and yellow underparts. Female and juveniles look similar to Yellowhammers, but have bolder head markings and streaked grey/brown rumps. It is a Schedule 1 species.


Cirl Bunting

Mathias Ritschard / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

Key facts

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