Common Reed Bunting (Male, ITALY)
Scientific Name 
Emberiza schoeniclus
Arabic Name 
درسة القصب
Kuwaiti name 
زرزور جبل
15.0 cm
Least Concern


Rare winter visitor. This species prefers reed beds and salt marsh habitats during the non-breeding season. In Kuwait it has been seen on several occasions in wetland habitats around Kuwait Bay, most notably around Jahra.
Where in Kuwait 
It is found in wetland sites such as reedbeds, and is found mainly in dense stands of vegetation on waterlogged soils typically at the edge of water and most records are from the Jahra Bay area.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a population undergoing a moderate decline. It is widespread throughout central and northern Europe. Northern populations tend to migrate to southern France, Italy and Spain to over-winter, whereas the population in the UK and some areas of Europe tend to remain in the same area all year round. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.
Local threats 
Loss and destruction of habitat and indiscriminate shooting.