Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

REBU

Code 6

EMBSCH

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Reed Bunting is a medium-sized passerine bird. This species breeds throughout Europe and the temperate, northern regions of Asia. Most Reed Buntings are migratory, flying south in winter months. However, some populations in the south and west are year-round residents. Their preferred habitat includes reedbeds, as well as dry, open areas including moorlands and cultivated farmland. The typical diet of this species includes insects in younger birds and seeds for older members. Nests are built in reeds or low bushes. Due to maintained or increasing populations in recent years, the conservation rating for the Reed Bunting is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Reed Bunting: Medium-sized finch with dark-streaked brown upperparts and faintly streaked, white underparts. Head and throat are black; moustache stripe and collar are distinctly white, and tail is white-edged. Short, low flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Reed Bunting: Found across Europe and Asia. Vagrant on the western Aleutians off the coast of Alaska. They occur in wetland sites such as reed beds. Found mainly in dense stands of vegetation on waterlogged soils. This species has recently tended to move into gardens and farmland habitat such as overgrown ditches and hedgerows, mainly in the winter.

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Reed Bunting SONGS AND CALLS

Reed Bunting L2

Calls from two aggressive males.

Reed Bunting DDD1

Call is a repeated "tseep".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"shreep-shreep-teeree-tititick"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Reed Bunting regularly form flocks outside the breeding season, often flocking with other Emberiza species. These flocks form in September.
  • They sometimes make holes in bullrush stems to extract insect larvae.
  • A group of buntings are collectively known as a "decoration", "mural", and "sacrifice" of buntings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X