Rural bird

Yellowhammer © Jussi Helimäki

The yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a rural bird that only nests at the edges of real fields or horse pastures. In Helsinki, places like this can be found in Haltiala and Viikki.

The yellowhammer nests on the ground and needs a habitat with peaceful terrain. In the winter, yellowhammers are happy to eat oat grains at bird feeders, but they never venture into the urban parks in the city centre. The male’s plumage is a brighter shade of yellow than the female’s. The sawing song of the male yellowhammer is like a breath of fresh air from the real countryside.