Phil Pearce

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Yellowhammer

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Yellowhammer

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“Emberiza Citrinella”

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The yellowhammer is a passerine in the bunting family often seen perched on the top of a hedge or bush with their bright yellow heads and underparts and their brown backs and chestnut rump. They have declined over the years and are now a red list species. However they are on the increase in Scotland and the bird below was photographed on the Isle of Mull.

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They eat seeds, fruit, and grain

 and insects including spiders.

They are 16cm in length.

 They have a wingspan of 23 to 29cm

 They weigh in at between 25 and 36cm

They build their nests on or near the ground and have between 2 and 3 broods per season.

The female incubates and the male feeds her.

They then both feed the young.

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