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Ortolan Bunting

Not a British breeding bird but found occasionally during migration periods.

Photograph by: 
Roger Hewitt

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Common Name Ortolan Bunting
Scientific Name Emberiza hortulana
Species Group Birds Finches and Buntings
Status Rare
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A bunting with a darkish brown back and buff underparts  

Identification Notes


  • This is a rare species and statistically you are unlikely to see it but if you do ...

  • Try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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