Habitat and Ecology
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.
Depth range (m): 0 - 0
Temperature range (°C): 10.632 - 10.632
Nitrate (umol/L): 12.829 - 12.829
Salinity (PPS): 32.748 - 32.748
Oxygen (ml/l): 6.507 - 6.507
Phosphate (umol/l): 0.734 - 0.734
Silicate (umol/l): 8.436 - 8.436
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Life History and Behavior
Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Emberiza citrinella
Public Records: 10
Specimens with Barcodes: 18
Species With Barcodes: 1
Barcode data: Emberiza citrinella
There are 10 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank. Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species. See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.
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IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2008Least Concern
- 2004Least Concern
Status in Egypt
- This article is about the Eurasian bird. For other uses, see Yellowhammer (disambiguation).
The Yellowhammer is a robust 15.5–17 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, and more streaked below. The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is often described as A little bit of bread and no cheese, although the song varies greatly in space. Its name is thought to be from the German word ammer meaning bunting.
Carl Czerny claimed that Beethoven admitted he got the idea for the first four notes of his 5th symphony from the yellowhammer's call. The bird prefaces the last, lower, note with 5 or more notes - instead of Beethoven's three - and occasionally sings the last note higher than the others.
It breeds across Europe and much of Asia. In parts of Europe it is in serious decline; in the UK the species fell by 54% between 1970 and 2003. In Europe and Asia most birds are resident, but some far northern birds migrate south in winter.
The Yellowhammer was introduced to New Zealand in 1862 and is now common and widespread there. At the beginning of the 20th century counted as a serious pest and bounties were offered for his eggs.
It is most commonly found on lowland arable and mixed farmland, probably due to the greater availability of seeds. It nests in hedges, patches of scrub, and ditches, especially if these have a wide grass margin next to them, and a cereal crop next to the margin. Hedges of up to two metres tall are preferred, and they will not nest until it is in full leaf, building the nest next to the hedge if it is built before this. In winter, the flocks feed at good seed sites, such as newly-sown fields and over-wintered stubbles.
Seeds of:
- Cereal, grasses (e.g. Meadow Grass, Fescue, Ryegrass), Common Nettle, dock, knotgrass Polygonum aviculare, Fat Hen Chenopodium album, Common Chickweed Stellaria media, Mouse-ear Cerastium, Bramble, Vetches, Clover, Forget-me-not, Dandelion, Knapweed, Sow-thistle Cicerbita, Yarrow, Plantains Plantago
Invertebrates - mainly, but not exclusively - taken through the breeding season:
- Springtails, mayflies, grasshopper, cockroach, earwigs, bugs Hemiptera, lacewings, caddis flies, sawflies, spiders, woodlice, caterpillars, flies, beetles, earthworms, snails
They are more able to feed on the slower-moving invertebrates.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Emberiza citrinella". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Yellowhammer Dialects project, http://www.yellowhammers.net/about#section4
- "Yellowhammer on birdsofbritain.co.uk". Retrieved July 2013.
- Bowden, Sylvia (2008). "The theming magpie: the influence of birdsong on Beethoven motifs". The Musical Times 149 (1903): 17–35. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- Cain, Terry (2004). "Program Notes:Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67". The Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved July 2013.
- Te Ara, Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/introduced-land-birds/page-13
- RSPB A management guide to birds of lowland farmland