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Yellowhammer

(Emberiza citrinella)
Alternate name(s): "Scribble Lark"
German name(s): "Goldammer"

Size: 16-17 cm; wing span 23-30 cm
Weight: 20-37 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Yellowhammer at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "citrinella"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Frontal view of a male Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a male Yellowhammer with its head turned (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Male Yellowhammer fanning its tail in the process of stretching one of its wings (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of a pair of Yellowhammers; male in breeding plumage in the back, female in front (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Pair of Yellowhammers (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a male Yellowhammer in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[Temerin, Serbia, January 2017]

FEMALE

Full-frontal view of a female Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a female Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

Frontal view of a female Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a female Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Lateral view of a female Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Yellowhammer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Food, Diet

Yellowhammers are buntings. Like all buntings known to us, they are seed-eaters.

Pair of Yellowhammers feasting on wheat grains that have not germinated (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2015]

Dorsal view of a male Yellowhammer with its prey, two grasshoppers (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Yellowhammer with its prey, two grasshoppers (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

yelhamm_dw_20160503.mp3 citrinella
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
yelhamm_dw_20160715.mp3 citrinella
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
yelhamm_dw_20160719.mp3 citrinella
(Poland)
Pair Q&As © DW

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