Thursday, 4 December 2008

Special birds: Cirl Bunting

The attractive Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus is fairly common in southern Europe. In Eastern Europe the most northerly pairs are found in the very south of Hungary around Pecs but it is much easier to find as one moves further south into Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, where it is resident in open woodland, lighly wooded country, vineyards, orchards and larger gardens. This fine photo of an adult male, complete with yellow head stripes, was taken in Serbia by Maciej Szymanski.

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