Yellow-breasted Buntings

The Yellow-breasted Bunting, Emberiza aureola, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

Buntings

Yellow-breasted Buntings

Distribution / Breeding:

It breeds in northeast Europe and across northern Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southeast Asia, India, and southern China. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe.

Yellow-Breasted Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas, often near water, and it is very common in Siberia. It lays 4-6 eggs in a nest on the ground.

Diet / Feeding:

Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

Yellow-breasted BuntingsDescription:

This bird is similar in size to a Reed Bunting, but longer-billed. The breeding male has bright yellow underparts with black flank streaks, brown upperparts, black face and throat bar, and a pink lower beak.

The female has a heavily streaked grey-brown back, and less intensely yellow underparts. She has a whitish face with dark crown, eye and cheek stripes. The juvenile is similar, but the background color of the underparts and face is buff.

Call / Song:

The call is a distinctive zick, and the song is a clear tru-tru, tri-tri.

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