Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
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
Bunting Menu
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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.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Emberizidae

Genus:  Emberiza

Species: E. calandra
Corn Bunting identification
Corn Bunting flying
Corn Bunting flight display
Corn Bunting front
Large dark eye
Streaked pale brown back
Yellowish bill
Plain brown tail
Row of dark spots on coverts
Pale underside with dark streaks resembling a necklace
Corn Bunting singing
Corn Bunting singing in typical manner