Yellow Hammer


Yellow Hammer

Found across the UK all year round but less abundant in the north and west and absent from some upland areas, such as Pennines, and Highlands of Scotland, inner Hebrides and Orkneys.


Identification

Male
Graceful small yellow and green bird, medium lengthed tail, as its name suggests it wags its tail. Bright yellow head and underparts, rusty - brown streaked wings.
Female
Similiar to the male but with less yellow and generally darker head markings.
Size
16 - 17 cms
Bill
Grey, short & stubby
Legs
Buff, medium in length
Habitat
Heaths, fields & hedges, gardens
Behaviour
Hops, perches openly, takes off and lands on vegetation or ground
Flocking
1 - 50
Flight
Direct
Voice
Familiar 'little - bit - of - bread - and - no - cheese'.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Low Bush
Eggs
3 - 5, white blotched purplsh
Incubation Period
11 - 14 days
Broods
2 - 3; April - June
Food
Seeds, insects & berries
UK Breeding Pairs
1.2 million

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