Taxonomy

Emberiza citrinella | Yellowhammer | Buíóg

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Of high conservation concern in Ireland

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Adult males in summer are unmistakable with a vivid yellow head and throat. The remainder of the body is brown with dark streaking, but with distinctive reddish-brown on breast and rump. 

Females and adults in winter lack the vivid yellow. 

Habitat

Associated with arable land where it feeds on grain and seeds. 

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

At one time occurred throughout the island, however it is now largely confined to the eastern half of the country, where there is arable land. Also occurs in the Burren region of Co. Clare.

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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References

Publications

Balmer, D., Gillings, S., Caffrey, B., Swann, B., Downie, I. & Fuller, R. (2013) Bird Atlas 2007-11: The breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford. 

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