Rustic Buntings

Buntings

Rustic Bunting

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

 

Distribution / Breeding:

.It breeds across northern Europe and Asia. It is migratory, wintering in south east Asia, Japan, and eastern China. It is a rare wanderer to western Europe.

It breeds in wet coniferous woodland. 4-6 eggs are laid in a nest in a bush or on the ground.

 

Diet:

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

 

Description:

This bird is similar in size to a Reed Bunting. It has white underparts with reddish flank, pink legs and a pink lower beak. The summer male has a black head with a white throat and supercilium (line above eye) and a reddish breast band.

The female has a heavily streaked brown back and brown face with a whitish supercilium (line above eye). She resembles a female Reed Bunting, but has the reddish flank streaks, a chestnut nape and a pink, not grey, lower beak.

 

Call / Song:

The call is a distinctive zit, and the song is a melancholic delee-deloo-delee.

 

References

  • BirdLife International (2004). . 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
 

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