The Corn Bunting is the largest of the bunting birds, and is somewhat nondescript when compared to birds of the group. A primary characteristic of this bird is that whilst it calls during flight they will dangle their legs leisurely.


The preferred habitat of the Corn Bunting is that of open farmlands, moors and scrubs. This species is patchily distributed across Britain and Europe. Within Britain they are mainly found in the south and the east.


These birds feed on insects, such as beetles, caterpillars and flies all year round.

Predators & Threats

The Corn Bunting has seen a decline in population as agriculture has increased. The use of pesticides results in bioaccumulation, and subsequently individual fatalities. Whilst this species is the biggest of its relatives, it is quite a small bird, and therefore is preyed on large birds of prey, cats and foxes.


  • Corn Buntings that make up large groups of females sing more than ones with a smaller ones.
  • Eggs are incubated between 12 and 14 days.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
 ~ 18 cm
 10 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Corn Bunting