Rustic Bunting

Emberiza rustica (Pallas, 1776) RUSBU 18730
Family: Passeriformes > Emberizidae

A scarce visitor to Britain, and very rare visitor to Ireland, from the northern forests of Scandinavia and further east. Records come from both spring and autumn.

An individual caught and ringed on Fair Isle (Shetland) in June 1963 was re-encountered in Greece later the same year.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.2k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.2k 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.


Rustic Bunting is a rare vagrant with a handful of records each spring and autumn and occasionally in winter.

Weekly occurence of Rustic 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.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Rustic Bunting ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Rustic 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 Gwledig
Catalan: repicatalons rústic
Czech: strnad tajgový
Danish: Pileværling
Dutch: Bosgors
Estonian: põhjatsiitsitaja
Finnish: pohjansirkku
French: Bruant rustique
German: Waldammer
Hungarian: erdei sármány
Icelandic: Hrístittlingur
Irish: Gealóg Thuathúil
Italian: Zigolo boschereccio
Latvian: meža sterste
Lithuanian: šiaurine starta
Norwegian: Vierspurv
Polish: trznadel czubaty
Portuguese: escrevedeira-rústica
Slovak: strnádka rolná
Slovenian: gozdni strnad
Spanish: Escribano rústico
Swedish: videsparv

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