Twite (Photo: Cliff Reddick)
Twites breed in areas of moorland vegetation near to the machair, and come down to feed on the plant seeds on the machair.
You often hear it before you see it – it has a strange ‘zing-zing’ call. You will see groups of them on fence wires – they look like sparrows, but look a bit closer and you will see that their tails are forked.
by Alison Tyler