Pine Bunting

Emberiza leucocephalos (SG Gmelin, 1771) EL PINBU 18560
Family: Passeriformes > Emberizidae

Pine Bunting, Yoav Perlman

Closely related to the Yellowhammer – and with which it may hybridise – this is a rare but annual visitor from Russia, with records peaking during October.

Most populations are migratory, moving south for the winter.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
428 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
428 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.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Pine Bunting is a very rare vagrant, with some records in autumn and winter.

Weekly occurence of Pine 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 Pine 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 Pinwydd
Catalan: sit capblanc
Czech: strnad belohlavý
Danish: Hvidkindet Værling
Dutch: Witkopgors
Estonian: männitalvike
Finnish: mäntysirkku
French: Bruant à calotte blanche
German: Fichtenammer
Hungarian: fenyosármány
Icelandic: Lerkitittlingur
Irish: Gealóg Phéine
Italian: Zigolo golarossa
Latvian: priežu sterste, taigas sterste
Lithuanian: baltagalve starta
Norwegian: Hvithodespurv
Polish: trznadel bialoglowy
Portuguese: escrevedeira-de-barrete-branco
Slovak: strnádka bielohlavá
Slovenian: beloglavi strnad
Spanish: Escribano cabeciblanco
Swedish: tallsparv

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