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Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus L 16-17cm. Well-marked bunting. Olive-grey rump allows separation from Yellowhammer (with red-brown rump) at all times. Sexes are dissimilar. Adult male has black and yellow on head. Breast, nape and crown are greenish grey and underparts are yellow, flushed and streaked chestnut on flanks; back is reddish brown. In winter, colours are duller. Adult female has dark and yellowish stripes on head, streaked greenish grey crown, nape and breast and streaked yellowish underparts. Back is reddish brown. Juvenile is similar to adult female but paler. Voice Utters a sharp tziip call. Song is a tuneless rattle, recalling Lesser Whitethroat. Status Once widespread in S, now restricted to S Devon; recently reintroduced to Cornwall. Favours low-intensity farmland with hedgerows.
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