Black-headed Bunting

Emberiza melanocephala (Scopoli, 1769) BLHBU 18810
Family: Passeriformes > Emberizidae

Black-headed Bunting, Yoav Perlman

A rare visitor from south-east Europe, with most records in the spring. Numbers of this brightly coloured bunting are declining markedly in its native farmland habitats and this may impact the likelihood of further arrivals.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
513 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
513 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Black-headed Bunting breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Black-headed Bunting is a very rare vagrant with most records in late spring and some in autumn.

Weekly occurence of Black-headed Bunting from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Black-headed Bunting, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Bras Penddu
Catalan: sit capnegre
Czech: strnad cernohlavý
Danish: Hætteværling
Dutch: Zwartkopgors
Estonian: mustpea-tsiitsitaja
Finnish: mustapääsirkku
French: Bruant mélanocéphale
German: Kappenammer
Hungarian: kucsmás sármány
Icelandic: Hettutittlingur
Irish: Gealóg Cheanndubh
Italian: Zigolo capinero
Latvian: melngalvas sterste
Lithuanian: juodagalve starta
Norwegian: Svarthodespurv
Polish: trznadel czarnoglowy
Portuguese: escrevedeira-de-cabeça-preta
Slovak: strnádka ciernohlavá
Slovenian: crnoglavi strnad
Spanish: Escribano cabecinegro
Swedish: svarthuvad sparv

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