Common Reed Bunting
After completion of post-juvenile moult, most birds are readily sexed using the below criteria (rarely, a few birds may be more problematic). Further characters are given in Svensson (1992).
Male, 1cy, September. A pure white collar is present in the nape of males. This may be partly visible, like here (just behind the ear-c), or fully concealed by buffish feather tips when fresh. [1ET80494]
Male, 1cy, September. In males, the crown feathers show wide jet-black centra and bases, distinctly demarked from the buffish tip. [1ET80494]
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