Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Male Reed Bunting, Aberlady Bay, East Lothian, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image

The Reed Bunting is widespread throughout Europe and also spreads east through Asia to Japan and China. It is found in reed beds and shrubbery near marshes and lakes being reliant on the type of vegetation that grows in these wetter habitats.

Female Reed Bunting, Tyninghame, East Lothian, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image The male is easily recognised with its black head and throat contrasting with its white collar and moustachial stripe.

It feeds on mainly seeds but eats invertebrates during the breeding season.

Male Reed Bunting, Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image
Reed Bunting, Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland, June 2002 - click for larger image
Female Reed Bunting, Trimley Marshes, Suffolk, England, March 2005 - click for larger image
Male Reed Bunting, Aberlady Bay, East Lothian, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image
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