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Black-headed Bunting

Emberiza melanocephala


Marco Dragonetti Xeno-canto


Key information: The Black-headed Bunting can be seen in Cyprus from April onwards when it comes to breed. The male is often seen perched on a high and visible spot. The female is less striking with more dull colours. It likes vineyards, as long as there are nearby trees and shrubs for it to nest in. Its nest is made of branches, placed close to the ground. It winters in India.

Length: 15,5 – 17,5 cm

Habitat: Scrub and bushes, farmland, mountains and forests

When they can be seen: Spring, summer

What they eat: Seeds, invertebrates

In Cyprus: Can be seen in farmland areas, especially in Paphos, Akamas, Machairas and Karpasia

Status: Migrant breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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