Buntings et al

Birds of the Woodland edges.

Fruits and berries are easily available and the trees provide a refuge if danger threatens:-

  • Bullfinches are birds of Eurasia. The Eurasian Bullfinch takes buds and berries directly from branches and plant stems.
  • Cardinals in America are seen perched in bushy thickets along woodland edges. They fly down to glean seeds and invertebrates from the ground.
  • Pyrrhuloxia is closely related to the Cardinals but it likes drier, more open areas where it feeds more readily on the ground. Both defend their territories quite vigorously.
  • Varied Buntings are more uncommon and tend to be found in dense brush.
  • Cedar Waxwings of N. & C. America favour woodland edges especially where they can feed on the cones of the Red Cedar which is actually a Juniper tree.
  • Phainopeplas from the same area nest and feed in mistletoe bushes.
  • Bohemian Waxwings of Scandinavia are seen in the UK in winter. They take red berries where ever they find them.
  • Purple Grenadier (in the Waxbill family) found in woodland / bush associated with habitation in Kenya.