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A sparrow-sized bird of the bunting family, the Yellowhammer male has a bright-yellow head and underbelly with bright brown back and wings. The female are predominantly dull and brown.

These birds are familiar visitors to gardens and common throughout the UK, but have been gradually declining. In winter, they form flocks in hedgerows with other buntings and finches feeding from arable fields. Farming methods may be to blame for their drop in numbers. Their shrill song is famously known as "a little bit of bread and no cheese".

Yellowhammers will visit gardens in winter for seed, and will take corn and insects in their natural habitat.