The black-headed bunting furnishes a beautiful sight, especially in its gorgeous breeding plumage but our bird doesn’t only stand out with its looks; its singing prowess is up to par with the knockout of its dress.
The black-headed bunting is about 17 centimetres long and one of the biggest representatives of its family. As its name implies, the male’s starless hood strongly contrasts with the yellow underside, the chestnut brown back and the dark brown wings. Females have duller influences with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a pale yellow underside and a greyish head.
From June to July, males partially moult, their heads get grey-brown and they look comparable to the females. In winter, the full moult follows, which restores the conspicuous dress.
Black-headed buntings mainly breed in south-eastern Europe. They can be examined in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey and Iran. However, they spend the winter in northern India. In their breeding area, the buntings opt for rather open landscapes with groups of trees and bushes here and there. They also are frequent guests in olive groves and gardens.
Although they are essentially organize in south-eastern Europe, vagrant specimen have been observed as far north as Norway during summer.
Behaviour and interesting facts
The black-headed bunting is a strong singer. Its song consists of different musical tones like “chit” or “sitt”. Black-headed buntings aren’t shy actresses and often sing from an elevated area. Most of the time, each male has its own and unique song but sometimes a handful of males living in the anyway neighbourhood will share the same song.
Adult black-headed buntings feed on seeds but the chicks have higher nutritional needs and are fed with insects by the begetters. The cup-shaped nest is built in a low bush or on the ground and is made with dry grass. The female lays four to six eggs and incubates them for thirteen periods. The chicks fledge ten days after they’ve hatched.
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