These little Yellow Hammers are so striking, I never realized how many different colours they have, they have a pink/brown tinge to their underside. Lying on my belly poking the camera out of the lounge sliding doors I was able to capture this little beauty with the sun bouncing off the yellow. They are very flighty so I was delighted they did not spot me. The green finches in the background were enjoying the treats!
The Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, which breeds across Europe and much of Asia. The Yellowhammer was introduced to New Zealand in 1862 and is now common and widespread there. It is probably more abundant in New Zealand now than in Europe where it is in serious decline, (in the UK the species fell by 54% between 1970 and 2003). In Europe and Asia most birds are resident, but some far northern birds migrate south in winter. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees and form small flocks in winter.
The Yellowhammer is a robust 15.5–17 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater’s bill. The male has a bright yellow head, yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, and more streaked below. The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is often described as A little bit of bread and no cheese.
Panasonic Lumix Model DMC-FZ35 18 Sept 2010
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