Ortolan Bunting

Emberiza hortulana (Linnaeus, 1758) OB ORTBU 18660
Family: Passeriformes > Emberizidae

Ortolan Bunting, Philip Croft

A scarce migrant, encountered mostly along the east coast of Britain in autumn, when migrating from its Fennoscandian breeding grounds to winter in the west of Africa. Records have become less common because of population declines.

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2.8k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
2.8k records



Ortolan Bunting identification is sometimes difficult.

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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.



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

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Ortolan Bunting is a very rare passage migrant, recorded mostly in late August and early September.

Weekly occurence of Ortolan 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.

An overview of year-round movements for the whole of Europe can be seen on the EuroBirdPortal viewer.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


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



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

Welsh: Bras Gerddi
Catalan: hortolà comú
Czech: strnad zahradní
Danish: Hortulan
Dutch: Ortolaan
Estonian: põldtsiitsitaja
Finnish: peltosirkku
French: Bruant ortolan
German: Ortolan
Hungarian: kerti sármány
Icelandic: Dultittlingur
Irish: Gealóg Gharraí
Italian: Ortolano
Latvian: darza sterste
Lithuanian: sodine starta
Norwegian: Hortulan
Polish: ortolan
Portuguese: sombria
Slovak: strnádka záhradná
Slovenian: vrtni strnad
Spanish: Escribano hortelano
Swedish: ortolansparv

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