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Cirl Bunting, escribano soteño

Emberiza cirlus


Feeding an inmature. Passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. Small bird, 15-16.5 cm in length, with a wing-span 22-22.5 cm. The male has a bright yellow head, with a black crown, eyestripe and throat, and a greenish breast band across its otherwise yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is more buff colored with more linear face pattern, streaked grey-brown rump and chestnut shoulders. It has a thick seed-eater's bill. The monotonous song of the male is rattling trill.


Bushes between meadows.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/160 sec.; f/7.1; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.

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O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 13, 2012
Submitted on Oct 23, 2012

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