Mobile bird identification
The male Reed Bunting in summer is a striking bird with a brown back streaked with black, it's head is black and white and in flight has distinctive white outer tail feathers on a black tail.
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus
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The Reed Bunting is widespread in Europe, resident in central parts and a summer visitor to Northern Europe. A resident breeding bird in the UK, however to most of Scotland it is a summer visitor.
Wet marsh with reeds, willows and rushes often on the edge of lakes and ponds. During the winter it can move to farmland and gardens.
The males can be heard singing almost continuously from low perches throughout the summer months.
Species: E. schoeniclus
Note the distinctive black head, white neck and white stripe below cheek, this male is unlikely to be confused with another species.
Adult Male (Summer)
Adult Male (Winter)
White stripe below cheek
Black and white neck and head
Dull white underside
Black tail with white outer tail feathers
Rufous brown wings
Brown back with black streaks
Same markings as summer plumage except head and neck is dull brown.
Note: This image shows the male with a white eye stripe which is not correct.
The female is similar to the male in winter plumage, however the female has a more defined eye stripe than the male. Her back is more cream coloured than the male.
Note the faint white neck with brown head, the absence of a clear eye stripe indicates that this is a winter male and not a female.
The female Reed Bunting has a pronounced eye stripe and lighter coloured back than the male.