Corn Bunting

      Emberiza calandra

      Information

      The finch-size Corn Bunting is a plain bird. It is, however, larger than other buntings but of an inconspicuous colour similar to that of a lark without a breeding plumage that is recognisable in the field. Its song is rather monotonous. It appears squat and often dangles its legs during short flights. In Switzerland, this bird of the steppes occurs in wide, open and diversified farmland. Females do not stick to the territorial boundaries of the males and there is no actual pair bond.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, scarce breeder and migrant, rare, local 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)
      80 - 110 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      16-19
      wing span (cm)
      26-32
      Weight (g)
      38-55
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      seeds, insects
      Group
      Buntings
      Habitat
      farmland, wasteland, wetlands
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution