Saturday, 22 March 2008

Special birds: Black-headed Bunting

With its bright yellow underparts, rufous upperparts and bold black hood, male Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala is a striking songbird. At about 17cm long it is one of the larger European buntings. It occurs in the very south-east of Europe, for example in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria, typically in open, dry country with scattered bushes, orchards, olive groves and often around villages and even gardens. Males often deliver their musical song, which usually beings quite harshly but ends more pleasantly, from roadside telephone lines.

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