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Corn Bunting

(Emberiza calandra)
German name(s): "Grauammer"
Size: 16-19 cm; wing span 26-32 cm
Weight: 35-65 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Corn Bunting at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Close-up frontal view of a Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2014]

Frontal view of a Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2018]

Near-lateral view of a singing Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2014]

Lateral view of a Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2017]

Lateral view of a Corn Bunting; note the characteristic bill (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Corn Bunting (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2018]

Dorsal view of a Corn Bunting with its wings fanned (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, May 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a Corn Bunting; given this bird's crisp plumage and stubby bill, at a time when adults have worn plumage, this may be a juvenile (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Food, Diet

Like all buntings known to us, Corn Buntings are seed-eaters.

Note that cardueline finches (i.e. European Goldfinch, European Greenfinch, Eurasian Siskin and their close relatives) feed their young primarily regurgitated seeds, while fringilline finches (all others) feed their young primarily invertebrates.

Frontal view of a Corn Bunting with its prey, a caterpillar; adults are seedeaters, suggesting that this bird was bringing food for its brood (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2013]

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