Cretzschmar's Bunting

Emberiza caesia (Cretzschmar, 1828) CREBU 18680
Family: Passeriformes > Emberizidae

Cretzschmars Bunting, Scott Mayson

Somewhat similar to a small Ortolan Bunting with a grey rather than green tone to the head, Cretzschmar's Bunting is an extremely rare visitor from south-east Europe.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
105 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
105 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 vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Cretzschmar's Bunting is a very rare vagrant; recent records have been in spring.

Weekly occurence of Cretzschmar's 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 Cretzschmar's 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.


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

Welsh: Bras Cretzschmar
Catalan: hortolà cendrós
Czech: strnad šedokrký
Danish: Rustværling
Dutch: Bruinkeelortolaan
Estonian: nõlvatsiitsitaja
Finnish: ruostekurkkusirkku
French: Bruant cendrillard
German: Grauortolan
Hungarian: rozsdás sármány
Icelandic: Hrjósturtittlingur
Italian: Ortolano grigio
Latvian: rudrikles sterste
Lithuanian: rudagurkle starta
Norwegian: Rustspurv
Polish: trznadel modroglowy
Portuguese: sombria-de-capuz
Slovak: strnádka sivokrká
Slovenian: balkanski strnad
Spanish: Escribano ceniciento
Swedish: rostsparv

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