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Yellowhammer - male (Emberiza citrinella)
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Yellowhammer - male (Emberiza citrinella)

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Males are unmistakeable with a bright yellow head and underparts, brown back streaked with black, and chestnut rump. In flight it shows white outer tail feathers. Often seen perched on top of a hedge or bush, singing.
WHilst breeding it favours farmland with hedgerows and bushes, heaths, commons and in areas of scrubland. It winters on farmland - especially stubblefields and winter crop fields.
Widespread across the UK but less seen in the north and west and in upland areas. The species, due to loss of habitat has also been in a steady decline.
Its diet is made up of seeds and insects.
Song often written as 'a-little-bit-of-bread-with-no-cheeeese'; call is a sharp 'zit'

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