Name: Corn Bunting
Scientific name: Milaria calandra
Nature Stars: 60
About: A sparrow-sized, streaky brown bird of hedgerows and farmland. Corn Buntings feed on seeds and invertebrates. In the winter they join mixed species flocks of buntings, finches and sparrows to feed on seed in farmland.
How to identify: A big, pale, streaky brown bunting. Most similar to Skylark, but with a thicker bill and no crest. Larger than other buntings, but can be difficult to tell apart.
Where: Widespread in the lowlands of England and Scotland. Absent from Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man
Fantastic fact: Corn Buntings have declined enormously in recent decades as a result of changes in agriculture, and are no longer a common sight in many parts of the country.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc