Mobile bird identification
Adult Male and Female
The Corn Bunting is a large heavy bunting with a mostly plain brown streaked appearance, pale breast, distinctive dark eye and yellowish bill. Often seen flying with legs hanging down in the breeding season.
Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
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Resident breeder across most of Southern Europe. Once a common bird in the UK, the Corn Bunting is in serious decline and now breeds only very locally, primarily in central England and the Western Isles in Scotland.
A bird of arable farmland, changing practices in farming has moved the birds strongholds to areas of rough pasture and scrub, managed for nature.
A now rare sight in the British countryside the Corn Bunting was once a bird that formed huge flocks on arable ground, preferring wide open featureless areas without hedges. A large plain bird but none the less impressive, the male Corn Bunting is often seen singing from a fence post and flying with legs hanging down as part of his mating season display.
Species: E. calandra
Large dark eye
Streaked pale brown back
Plain brown tail
Row of dark spots on coverts
Pale underside with dark streaks resembling a necklace
Corn Bunting singing in typical manner