The Lapland Bunting Bird (male) in summer is very striking, with a black crown, face, throat and upper breast, a 'snake' of white curling from supercilium to shoulder, and a bright chestnut nape-patch. The Lapland Bunting Bird (female) in summer has reduced amounts of black, a whitish throat and submoustachial stripes and a chestnut nape. The upperparts are brown, boldly streaked in black. In winter adults show a rich buffy-brown head with a black outline to the cheek, a pale median crown-stripe, a bold chestnut panel on the greater coverts and tertials, and two white wingbars. They are variably marked with dark on the breast, and streaked on the flanks. Juveniles are generally more streaky below.
Lapland Bunting Bird is a scarce migrant and winter visitor to Britain, typically found along North Sea coasts. Lapland Bunting Bird breeds in northern Scandinavia and across Arctic Russia, mostly wintering on cultivated steppe in southern Russia. In the breeding season it favours upland willow scrub, boggy areas with dwarf birch and willow, tundra, bare mountainsides and moorland. In Britain it is usually found in coastal areas on grassy meadows, saltmarshes and ploughed fields.
Some calls given by migrants are fairly similar to those of the Snow Bunting, such as a dry rattling "pr'r'r'r'rt" or "ticky-tik-tik",harder and drier than the call of that species and often coupled with a short, clear whistled "chu". Lapland Bunting Bird can also give a hoarse "chup". On the breeding grounds it gives a disyllabic, piping "ti'leuu" in alarm, or a more clipped and metallic "teeu" or "teelu". The song is a bright and cheery jangling musical sequence, rather undulating and unhurried in delivery, such as "djui'ji ju'iwee ti'uwee ki'wee'djurrr u'wii djurrr iwo'jii u'wii chiwee tirrichrrr". It typically lasts for 3-5 seconds and is given either from a prominent perch or in a pipit-like song flight, where it glides down in a slow spiral on outstretched wings.