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Birding Málaga


Common name Corn bunting
Scientific name Miliaria calandra
Type Farmland birds
Status Resident

Bird of small to medium size (about 18 cm or 7 in), bulky and with the plumage of upper parts, wings and tail of earth colour with abundant white lines, very similar to that of larks. Light or white underparts. It has a white moustachial stripe with very characteristic dark edges, as well as a large granivore bill, typical of buntings, which, on the other hand, distinguishes it from larks (insectivores).


Cultivated areas

Where it lives

Open areas and agricultural crops. Also present in meadows, grasslands and little forested areas, as well as in transition borders of forest areas to more open environments.

How it lives

Resident species all year round in Malaga. It breeds from April, making from one to three layings of 4 to 6 eggs. Nest on the ground. Granivorous feeding based on seeds of wild or cultivated cereals, especially wheat; invertebrates during the breeding season.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Frequent and common species in the Malaga countryside. Although it is not a woodland or mountain species, it can be watched practically in almost all the Great Path since it usually occupies the edges of almost all the environments.

Curious facts

The bill of the Corn Bunting shows a small, very characteristic "tooth" or sharp edge in the middle of the upper jaw. Its task is to split the grains and seeds. Its call, insistent and grating, is another one of those sounds typical of the spring and summer heat in the Malaga fields. It is usually perched on a wire, wire fence or elevated area.

Similar birds
Wintering Summer Resident Migration