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Chestnut-eared bunting

Binomial name: Emberiza fucata, Peter Simon Pallas, 1776

The Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata, also called Grey-headed Bunting) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae.

Description

It is 15 to 16 cm in length. The plumage is mostly brown with dark streaks. The male has a grey crown and nape with dark streaks, chestnut ear-coverts and bands of black and chestnut across the breast. There is a rufous patch on the shoulders and the rump is also rufous. Females are similar to the males but duller with a less distinct head and breast pattern. First-winter birds are plainer but show warm brown ear-coverts and have an obvious ring around the eye.

Its voice is similar to the Rustic Bunting but quieter. The song is a rapid twittering which begins with staccato notes and then accelerates before ending with a distinctive two or three note phrase. The call is an explosive "pzick".

Distribution and habitat

The breeding range extends from the Himalayas locally across China to south-eastern Siberia, Korea and northern Japan. Northern birds migrate south to winter in southern Japan, southern China, Taiwan, north-east India and south-east Asia. The species is a vagrant to Kazakhstan and in October 2004 the first European record occurred at Fair Isle in Scotland. Preferred habitats include scrub, fields and grassland.

Reproduction

The cup-shaped nest is built at ground level or low in a bush. Three to six eggs are laid with four being most common. These are whitish with reddish-brown speckling and are incubated for 12 days. The breeding season is variable, lasting from May to August in India, May to July in Honshū and June to August in Hokkaidō.

Subspecies

There are three subspecies. The nominate subspecies E. f. fucata occupies the northern part of the range. E.f. arcuata is found in the Himalayas and south-west and central parts of China; it is darker with broader breastbands. The third subspecies E. f. kuatunensis lives in south-east China and is darker and more rufous above with narrower breastbands.

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Videos of Chestnut-eared bunting

  • Chestnut-eared bunting

    Chestnut-eared bunting

  • Chestnut-eared bunting (male) - Japan

    Chestnut-eared bunting (male) - Japan

  • Chestnut-eared bunting

    Chestnut-eared bunting

  • Chestnut-eared bunting

    Chestnut-eared bunting

  • Chestnut-eared bunting

    Chestnut-eared bunting

  • Chestnut-eared bunting

    Chestnut-eared bunting

  • Chestnut-eared bunting (male)

    Chestnut-eared bunting (male)

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Emberizidae
Genus
Emberiza
Species
Emberiza fucata

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Chestnut-eared bunting, Emberiza fucata in Thailand
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Fang District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area
  • Pak Phli District, Nakhon Nayok
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

Range map of Emberiza fucata in Thailand

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