Monday, January 13, 2014

Cirl Bunting

The Cirl Bunting was once common throughout south England, but due to changes in farming practice, its breeding grounds are now restricted to south Devon, where this photo was taken. This RSPB page detailing their Cirl Bunting Project gives more details about the reasons for their decline and what is being done about it. The Cirl Bunting
is like a small Yellowhammer, 15-16.5 cm in length (wing-span 22-22.5 cm) with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, with a black crown, eyestripe and throat, and a greenish breast band across its otherwise yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much more like the Yellowhammer, but has a streaked grey-brown rump and chestnut shoulders.

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