French name: Bruant jaune
The male yellowhammer is striking in colour having a bright yellow head and chest whilst its back is brown streaked with black and they have a deep chestnut coloured rump. The female yellowhammer is less yellow and more stripy.
In flight you can see white outer tail feathers and a long tail forked at the tip. They are slightly larger in size than a sparrow.
The yellowhammer can be found across most of France with the exception of more southern areas. They prefer to reside in open countryside which is scattered with hedgerows and trees.
Yellowhammers feed mostly on seeds but will eat some invertebrates during the summer months.
They build their nest close to the ground amidst hedgerows, grasses or shrubs. The female yellowhammer lays on average 3-5 eggs which are glossy white with a few blotches of purple. The eggs hatch after 13 days and the young leave the nest about 11 days later.
We spotted this yellowhammer whilst out walking today at Bonnefond, close to our home.
If you’ve seen a yellowhammer near to where you live I’d love to know.