Prunella modularis - Dunnock


Prunella modularis - Dunnock

Also called a Hedge Sparrow, it has nothing in common with the sparrow family. Drab in apperance and Robin sized approx 14cm in length with a wing span of approx 19-21cm. Both sexes look alike, Brown/grey underneath with a grey head and a fine pointed beak.



It is mainly a ground feeder but does come to my feeders as can be seen in the photos. Mainly feeding upon spiders insects and other invertebrates. Females often breed with two males at the same time. When this is the case its the female and alpha male that seem to take charge of looking after the brood. The cuckoo often picks the Dunnock as the foster parents for its young.

The Dunnock usually nests in a low bush or conifer, has 3-5 eggs which are a lovely clear blue and unspotted.











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