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Ortolan Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Photo by pavlik
Saratov region, Russia
Emberiza hortulana


16 cm, 20-25g
Typical bunting, similar in size and shape to the Yellowhammer. Pink bill and yellow/light eye ring diagnostic.
Male has grey head with a small yellow dot on chin.
Female with distinctive black/white moustachial stripes. Rusty below, variegated rusty/black above.


April to September: Europe and western Asia
October to March: Equatorial sub-Saharan Africa

Occurance is mostly unexplainably sporadic throughout range but tends to prefer drier regions with a mix of shrubbery and diverse farmland.


Photo by pavlik
Saratov region, Russia, June 2005

This is a monotypic species[1].


Scrub, farmland, towns.



They nest on or near the ground.


They are mainly seeds eaters, supplemented by beetles and other insects when feeding young.



  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia

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