Reed Buntings from around the UK.
The Reed Bunting
, Emberiza schoeniclus
, is a passerine bird
in the bunting
family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches
It breeds across Europe
and much of temperate and northern Asia
. Most birds migrate
south in winter, but those in the milder south and west of the range are resident. It is common in reedbeds and also breeds in drier open areas such as moorland and cultivation.
The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is a repetitive zrip
The Reed Bunting is a medium sized bird, 13.5-15.5 cm long, with a small but sturdy seed-eater's bill. The male has a black head and throat, white neck collar and underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, with a streaked brown head, and is more streaked below.