British wildlife recordings

Emberiza citrinella : Yellowhammer - Emberizidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:38

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001463 BD21

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1977/04/02

  • Recording locations

    Pinbury Park, Gloucestershire: OS Grid Reference(395500,204500)

  • Recordist

    Williams, Aubrey John

  • Species

    Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella

  • Description

    The call of the yellowhammer recorded at Pinbury Park, Gloucestershire. The typical song of this is species is often described as sounding a bit like the bird is saying ‘a-little-bit-of-bread-with-no-cheeeeeese’, whereas the call is a sharp ‘zit’ sound. Found across the UK, this species is not as abundant as it used to be and has now been placed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. The males are easily identified by their bright yellow head and under parts and are often seen boldly perched on top of a bush singing.

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