Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting
Scientific Name 
Emberiza calandra
Arabic Name 
درسة الذرة
Kuwaiti name 
زرزور جبل
19.0 cm
Least Concern


Common winter visitor; uncommon passage migrant. A bird of open grain fields and grassy areas where it is often seen in small flocks; up to 184 recorded in early January 2002.
Where in Kuwait 
A lowland bird of open arable and mixed farmland, but also found out west at Al Abraq and even at inland pools in the Jahra area.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population is declining markedly in north-west mainland Europe and less dramatically in central Europe owing to changing agricultural practices and climate change. It breeds across southern and central Europe, north Africa and Asia across to Kazahkstan. It is mainly resident, but some birds from colder regions of central Europe and Asia migrate southwards in winter. The prolonged song of the male corn bunting sounds like the jangling of a bunch of keys.
Local threats 
Use of pesticides and indiscriminate shooting.