Scientific name: Emberiza citrinella
Nature Stars: 50
About: A sparrow-sized, bright yellow bird of hedgerows and farmland. Yellowhammers 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: Buntings are streaky brown birds. The male Yellowhammer has a bright yellow head and belly, with an orangey chest. Female buntings can be very difficult to tell apart.
Where: Widespread. This bird brightens up any winter hedgerow with its yellow plumage.
Fantastic fact: The Yellowhammer famously sings 'Little Bit of Bread with no Cheeeeeeese'
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc