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    Common Reed Bunting

    Emberiza schoeniclus

    Information

    The Common Reed Bunting, a characteristic species of wetlands, attracts attention especially when the male delivers its plain song from a high reed stem. To divert the attention of intruders from the nest, the breeding birds drag themselves across the ground with drooping wings - a trick which small birds sitting on an elevated perch normally do not make use of.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, common breeder and migrant, scarce winter visitor
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    2'000 - 4'000 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    14-16
    wing span (cm)
    23-25
    Weight (g)
    15-22
    Nest site
    reed
    Food
    seeds, insects
    Group
    Buntings
    Habitat
    lakes, rivers & streams, wetlands
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution
    The Institute’s commitments

    Source and sink populations in reality

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