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 edgesPredominantly 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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Last updated Thursday April 24, 2014

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