Species of Thailand
Binomial name: Emberiza rutila, Peter Simon Pallas, 1776
The chestnut bunting (Emberiza rutila) is a passerine bird of eastern Asia which belongs to the genus Emberiza in the bunting family Emberizidae.
It is a fairly small bunting, 14 to 15 cm in length. The tail is fairly short with little or no white on the outer feathers. Breeding males have bright chestnut-brown upperparts and head. The breast and belly are yellow with streaks on the sides. Non-breeding males are similar but duller with the chestnut partly hidden by pale fringes to the feathers. The female is mostly dull brown with dark streaks above while the underparts are mainly pale yellow. The rump is dull chestnut and the throat is buff.
The variable, high-pitched song is given from a perch low in a tree. The call is a short zick, similar to the call of the little bunting.
It breeds in Siberia, northern Mongolia and north-eastern China. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern China, south-east Asia and north-east India. There are a number of records from Europe but some of these are considered to be escapes from captivity rather than genuine vagrants. During the breeding season it inhabits open forest with plenty of ground cover and shrubs. Wintering and migrating birds occur in farmland, scrub and woodland edges.
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- Emberiza rutila
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
- Doi Phu Kha National Park
- Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
- Kaeng Krachan National Park
- Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
- Khao Yai National Park
- Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai
- Klaeng District, Rayong
- Lan Sang National Park
- Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai
- Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
- Mae Wong National Park
- Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
- Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area
- Pha Daeng National Park
- Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
- Sai Yok National Park
Range map of Emberiza rutila in Thailand
Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.
Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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