Reed Bunting

Length: 15-16cm

Wingspan: 21-25cm

Conservation Status: Red

Description: Reed buntings are similar in size and appearance to a House Sparrow. Their underparts are streaked brown and the outer tail feathers are white and their legs and bill are dark brown. The female reed bunting's plumage is similar to the male but she has a shorter tail. The head is brown with a buff throat and buff-coloured lines above and below the eye. Juvenile reed buntings are similar to the female but with less distinct markings on the head. In flight, the outer white tail feathers are noticeable.

Nesting: Reed buntings construct their nests from grass and moss built on the ground and usually among reeds or grasses in a wet and marshy areas. The female reed bunting incubates the eggs which can be 20 mm by 15 mm in size. The eggs are smooth, glossy and pale lilac or dark green with black markings. Once hatched, the young are fed by both parents

Feeding: Reed buntings will eat seeds and insects and although will more commonly eat food found in wet, marshy areas they will sometimes visit feeders in gardens.

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