Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult Male (Summer)

Ortolan Bunting

Emberiza hortulana
Bunting Menu
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The Ortolan Bunting breeds throughout most of central Europe except for the UK where it is a rare but regular passage visitor.
Scrub, farmland and gardens. In the UK whilst on passage is frequently seen in coastal locations.
The Ortolan Bunting can be a shy bird, difficult to approach but with a distinctive call and light pinkish bill is usually easy to identify.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Emberizidae

Genus:  Emberiza

Species: E. hortulana
This image shows the male birds distinctive grey head and orange underside, also note the birds white eye ring and yellow bib. The bill is pinkish which is unique in more common buntings.
The female bird lacks most of the male birds colouration, however her pink bill and light moustache with speckled breast make her reasonably distinctive if a good view is obtained.
Ortolan Bunting identification points
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Male Ortolan Bunting
Female Ortolan Bunting
Adult Female

The male Ortolan Bunting has a grey head, pink bill and yellow moustache and bib, his back is brown, streaked with black, and he has a distinctive white eye ring.

White eye ring
Grey head
Pink bill
Yellow moustache
Brown back streaked black
White outer tail feathers
Orange underside
Olive rump