Reed Buntings photographed at Ballymacormick, owned by the National Trust reserve on 9 June 2011.
Sparrow-sized but slim and with a long, deeply notched tail, the male has a
black head, white collar and a drooping moustache. Females and winter males have
a streaked head. In flight the tail looks black with broad, white edges.
Predominantly a farmland and wetland bird. Typically found in wet
vegetation but has recently spread into farmland and, in winter, into gardens.
When singing the male usually perched on top of a bush, or reed.
Information by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
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