Rock Bunting

Emberiza cia (Linnaeus, 1766) ROCBU 18600
Family: Passeriformes > Emberizidae

Rock Bunting, John Harding

This extremely rare visitor to Britain is normally found breeding on alpine rocky slopes in southern Europe.

Most populations are resident, though more northerly ones may be migratory and all move to lower elevations during the winter months.

Added to the British List based on two individuals caught in Sussex in 1902, there have been very few records since.

Select a topic for more facts and statistics about the Rock Bunting

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


14 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
14 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


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 Rock 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 y Graig
Catalan: sit negre
Czech: strnad vinicný
Danish: Klippeværling
Dutch: Grijze Gors
Estonian: mägitsiitsitaja
Finnish: vuorisirkku
French: Bruant fou
German: Zippammer
Hungarian: bajszos sármány
Icelandic: Steintittlingur
Italian: Zigolo muciatto
Latvian: klinšu sterste
Lithuanian: kalnine starta
Norwegian: Klippespurv
Polish: gluszek
Portuguese: cia
Slovak: strnádka cia
Slovenian: skalni strnad
Spanish: Escribano montesino
Swedish: klippsparv

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