Ortolan Bunting

A native of most European countries and western Asia the Ortolan migrates in autumn to tropical Africa, returning at the end of April or beginning of May. Its distribution throughout its breeding range seems to be very local, and for this no obvious reason can be assigned. It was said in France to prefer wine-growing districts; but it certainly does not feed upon grapes, and is found equally in countries where vineyards are unknown. It reaches as far north as Scandinavia and beyond the Arctic Circle, frequenting corn-fields and their neighbourhoods. It is an uncommon vagrant in spring and particularly autumn to the British Isles.

The Ortolan Bunting is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The beautiful Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana is a fairly scarce summer visitor to southern Europe (parts of the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, and the Balkans), north into Scandinavia and Germany, and east as far as Mongolia. As much as 50% of the global population is found in Europe, and the entire population apparently winters south of the Sahara. Eastern populations migrate back north through the Middle East from mid-March to April - which is when these three birds were photographed (Doha, Qatar, April). More

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The Ortolan, or Ortolan Bunting, Emberiza hortulana, is a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a passerine family now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. The bird's common name is French, from the Latin hortulanus, the gardener bird, (from hortus, a garden). A native of most European countries and western Asia the Ortolan migrates in autumn to tropical Africa, returning at the end of April or beginning of May. More

See also Ortolan Bunting on Wikipedia, and our 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica disclaimer. ORTOLAN (Fr. ortolan, Lat. hortulanus, the gardener bird, from hortus, a garden), the Emberiza hortulana of Linnaeus, a bird celebrated for the delicate flavour of its flesh, and a member of the Emberizidae, a Passerine family not separated by most modern authors from the Fringillidae. More

The Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana is a small finchlike migratory bird. It winters in Africa before returning to parts of Europe and Western Asia in April or May. It is a small bird and rarely exceeds 25 grammes in weight. It's natural diet consists fo seeds and when it is feeding chicks will eat small small insects too. Like so many birds today there has been a marked decrease in numbers. More

* Ortolan Bunting, (Emberiza hortulana), a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae considered a delicacy in France. * USS Ortolan, a name used more than once by the U.S. More

Ortolan Bunting determination Similar species Emberizidae Black-Faced Bunting | Black-Headed Bunting | Chestnut Bunting | Cinereous Bunting | Cirl Bunting | Corn Bunting | Cretzschmars Bunting | Dark-Eyed Junco | Fox Sparrow | House Bunting | Lapland Longspur | Little Bunting | Ortolan Bunting | Pallass Bunting | Pine Bunting | Red-headed Bunting | Reed More

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The Ortolan Bunting breeds in Europe and Asia from Lake Baikal to Spain. In Asia, it occurs mainly between 48 More

The Ortolan Bunting is a trans-Saharan migrant wintering in Guinea, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. This information is taken from the BirdFile on the appropriate BirdGuides DVD-ROM. As well as video and sounds, our CD- and DVD-ROMs contain additional text on Voice, Sexing, Ageing, Food, Nests and Eggs and more. More

immediately identified as an adult male Ortolan Bunting, as NM has some experience of Ortolan from Europe, and has also observed the species in both eastern China and Japan. The bird was (1) large looking for a bunting, with (2) a greeny-blue-grey head (more blue grey than any seen in Europe) and (3) similar colored breast; (4) brown upperparts heavily streaked with black, with two weak wingbars. It also had (5) bright orangey-brown underparts. More

In France, eating the small, fragile Ortolan Bunting is illegal. The fact that the ortolan is a protected species isn't the only reason for this: in addition, eating an ortolan is illegal because its preparation is one of the most sadistic processes in all of the culinary arts. After being diagnosed with cancer, French President François Mitterrand was served ortolan for his last meal. Difficulty: ChallengingInstructions Preparing the Ortolan 1. More

hortulana, ortolan buntingbunting - any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North AmericaEmberiza, genus Emberiza - Old World buntings How to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, add the site to iGoogle, or visit webmaster's page for free fun content. More

with the ortolan bunting remaining at Soldier's Point, Holyhead, until September 17.gardening: bird notes by Daily Post (Liverpool, England)The exact same area produced an ortolan bunting last Monday.bird notes; gardening by Daily Post (Liverpool, England)at the Great Orme, Llandudno, and the ortolan bunting at the South Stack off Anglesey.WALES: Rare stork flies high in N. More

Ortolan Buntings illustrated are expertly hand-colored, the male on the top of the branch with a greensih face, yellow throat and red-brown body. The female, lower on the branch and peering down is colored in deeper shades of brown with a lighter underside. Precise lines define and detail the feathers and give definition to their plumage. John Gould was an English ornithologist, self-taught artist and naturalist. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Emberizidae
Genus : Emberiza
Species : hortulana
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758