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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Black-headed Bunting

 

 

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Black-headed Bunting

Emberiza melanocephala

 

  • Black-headed Bunting
  • Emberiza melanocephala
  • UK: 4 records a year BTO
  • UK: Scarce Visitor
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeds: Nests in tree or bush in open scrubby area or agricultural land. Lays 4-6 eggs. South-East Europe, South West Asia
  • Winters: India
  • Habitat: Scrub, open woodland , agricultural land
  • Diet: Seeds (feeds it's young insects)
  • Larger than a Reed Bunting, with longer tail.
    Breeding male bright yellow below. Chestnut above. Black hood.
    Female similar but duller coloured. Paler below. Grey-brown back. Head greyish.
    Juvenile similar to female & both look like a Red-headed Bunting
  • Similar birds: Red-headed Bunting

 

Black-headed Bunting records in the Western Isles

Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC

 


The chart below shows how abundant the Black-headed Bunting is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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