Monday, 21 December 2009

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

OTHER NAMES: Reed Sparrow
Latin Etymology: Emberiza ("bunting") schoeniclus (bird mentioned by Aristotle - possibly wagtail)
  Adult male Reed Bunting (subspecies E. s. schoeniclus) at Rainham Marshes, London - January 2010

Featured Subspecies: Emberiza schoeniclus schoeniclus
Weight: 21kg  /  Length: 16cm  /  Wingspan: 24cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The reed bunting is the second most common bunting in the UK, but perhaps actually easier to see than the Yellowhammer. While mainly a species of reed-beds which can probably be seen at any decently sized piece of such habitat in the country, I've also spotted it several times in the hedgerows around Geddington - as a species it is becoming able to live in environments other than it's original reed beds. That being said, the best place to see them is still going to be places with decent amounts of reeds, personally, I've seen the best quantities in Rainham and Rutland Water.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Emberiza
Subspecies: E. s. schoeniclus, E. s. passerina, E. s. parvirostris, E. s. parivrostris, E. s. pyrrhulina, E. s. minor, E. s. stresemanni, E. s. ukrainae, E. s. incognita, E. s. pallidior, E. s. witherbyi, E. s. lusitanica, E. s. intermedia, E. s. intermedia, E. s. tschusii, E. s. reiseri, E. s. caspia, E. s. korejewi, E. s. pyrrhuloides, E. s. harterti, E. s. centralasiae, E. s. zaidamensis

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Common to locally abundant breeding resident (250,000 territories) 
 - Seen at sites including but not limited to Rutland WaterRainham Marshes and Elmley Marshes. Winter visitor to Geddington.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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