Corn Bunting

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Corn Bunting

 

(Emberiza calandra), a bird of the family Emberizidae of the order Passeriformes. The body is 18–20 cm long and weighs approximately 50 g. The plumage is brownish above and whitish with dark longitudinal stripes below. The corn bunting is distributed in Europe, North Africa, and the southern part of Western Asia. In the USSR its range extends from southern Byelorussia to southeastern Kazakhstan. The bird inhabits fields, meadows, and mountain steppes with tall weeds and shrubs. It nests on the ground, laying four to six eggs in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for 12 or 13 days. Two clutches may be produced per summer. The corn bunting feeds on seeds and insects.

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