|Dunnock Prunella modularis
(aka Hedge Accentor, Hedge Sparrow)
|Edinburgh, Scotland and Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England
The Dunnock is a European bird. It is resident in north-west Europe from Germany, through France to northern Spain and including the British Isles but is migratory in most of the rest of Europe breeding in Scandinavia, eastern Europe and Russia while wintering in southern Europe and into Turkey. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
|Originally a scrub and woodland edge bird it has adapted, particularly in Britain to hedges, farms, parks,
gardens and other shrubby areas.
It feeds mainly on insects found primarily on the ground but also eats seeds in winter.
|Its colouring is rather like a House Sparrow Passer domesticus but its bill is thin and pointed though it
has a wide, rounded base.
It is generally difficult to see as it keeps in or close to cover but, when courting in the spring, can become very visible.
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