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Buntings

Group: 
Birds

Very similar to finches but the tend to have a more upright stance and the head is, perhaps, more rounded.

 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Lapland Bunting

Calcarius lapponicus
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 A winter visitor to the east coast of Britain much much rarer here more westerly here in Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Snow Bunting

Plectophenax nivalis
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A British species from the north but occasionally seen this far south in winter


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Yellowhammer

Emberiza citrinella
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A now relatively scarce farmland bird now more often encountered on heaths and scrub.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus
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A once common species now declining and usually only seen in and around reed beds.


Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Corn Bunting

Miliarua calandra
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A now very scarce species but still found in isolated locations in Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla

A species of north western Europe and northern Asia so somewhat unusual here in Dorset!


 

 

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica

A known wandering species but a rare visitor to Dorset from northern Europe.