Birds A-Z

Corn Bunting

Emberiza calandra


Stuart Fisher, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Corn Bunting is one of the most common and widespread birds of the Cypriot farmland. It is rather big with a heavy body and thick bill. In spring, it can be seen singing in an upright posture from an exposed perch. It has an undulating flight, and when it flies short distances, it leaves its legs dangling. It nests on the ground in cereal fields.

Length: 16 – 19 cm

Habitat: Scrub and bushes, farmland

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds

In Cyprus: Can be seen in farmland areas all over Cyprus

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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