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Yellowhammer

Emberiza citrinella

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Fairly common but local in heathland, farmland with hedges. Male sings from prominent perch atop bush, on phone wires, etc. Forms flocks in winter, feeding mainly on ground in search of seeds. White outer tail feathers flash in flight, such as when flushed up from the ground, when usually flies to hedge or bush. Male distinctive, with bright yellow head, yellowish underparts. Female is drab and streaky, usually with yellowish wash to face, and often found with bright males. Note bright rusty rump.

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