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Scientific name:  Emberiza citrinella

Size:  Approx 17cm

Distribution:  Found in most parts of the UK except some parts of the Scottish Highlands

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Open fields and farmland (especially when surrounded by hedgerows), and also on heathland and areas with gorse bushes

Food:  Seeds, and invertebrates in summer

Special features:  Male yellowhammers are mostly bright yellow coloured with some brown streaking on the head, back and wings, and a rust coloured rump.  The face has some thin black lines.

Females yellowhammers are similar but are more brown than yellow.

In flight both sexes have noticeable white outer tail feathers.

Yellowhammers will often perch on top of a bush to sing.  The "sri-sri-sri" voice is said to sound like "a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese".

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