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