Male Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Scientific name: Emberiza calandra

Did you know: The Corn Bunting, with its distinctive song resembling jangling keys, is a non-migratory bird in the UK, so sedentary in fact, that males just 30 km apart sing in different ‘dialects’!

What Do Corn Buntings Look Like? (how to identify them)

Corn Buntings are streaky brown birds, resembling a sparrow in size but with thicker bills. They’re distinguished by their large size within the bunting family, making them easier to spot perched on wires or posts.

Differences Between Male And Female Corn Buntings

Males and females are similar in appearance, with subtle size differences: males are slightly larger.

What Do Corn Buntings Eat?

Corn Buntings have a diet primarily consisting of invertebrates and seeds. During winter, they often go with mixed flocks to forage on farmland seeds.

Where Do Corn Buntings Live? (inc. migration info)

Predominantly found in the lowlands of England and Scotland, Corn Buntings favour hedgerows and farmland as their habitat. Absent from Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man, they’re known for their sedentary nature.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Corn Buntings)

The male Corn Bunting’s song is its signature, sounding like a set of jangling keys, often heard when they’re perched atop bushes or wires.

Fun Corn Bunting Facts (kid friendly)

  • Corn Buntings are able to mate with up to 18 different females every  season.
  • They build their nests in rough grassy margins or arable crops.
  • These birds are not migratory in the UK.
  • Corn Buntings’ song is unique and varies in ‘dialect’ across short distances.
  • They are a part of the Emberizidae family, which was previously grouped with finches.

Corn Bunting Video

Facts About The Corn Bunting

Diet: Seeds and insects.
Bird Family: Buntings
Length: 18cm
Wingspan: 26-32cm
Weight: 35-56g
Scientific Name: Emberiza calandra

The Corn Bunting Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Corn Bunting Images

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Female Corn Bunting Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile