Winter female Reed Bunting
The common reed bunting is a medium-sized bird, 13.5–15.5 cm long, with a small but sturdy seed-eater’s bill. 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 edges.
Reed buntings are predominantly 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.
Insects and seeds in the summer and mainly seeds in the winter.