- an Old World bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus, inhabiting marshy areas.
Origin of reed bunting
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for reed bunting
When in the neighbourhood of swampy places and reed-beds, a look-out must be kept for the reed-bunting.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
Well, some observers have remarked the same thing in the case of the reed-bunting.
The nests of the Reed-bunting are difficult to find, at least, I have seldom been successful.
A Reed-Bunting occupied a central territory in a strip of marshy ground inhabited annually by four or five males of this species.Territory in Bird Life
H. Eliot Howard
- a common European bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus, that occurs near reed beds and has a brown streaked plumage with, in the male, a black head
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