Rustic Bunting – Natural Bird Sound

Rustic Bunting – Natural Bird Sound

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

The genus name Emberiza is from Old German Embritz, a bunting. The specific rustica is Latin for “rustic, simple”.

Body length 15 cm. Iris dark brown. This bird is similar in size to a reed bunting. It has white underparts with reddish flank, pink legs and a pink lower mandible. The summer male has a black head with a white throat and supercilium and a reddish breast band.

The female has a heavily streaked brown back and brown face with a whitish supercilium. She resembles a female reed bunting, but has the reddish flank streaks, a chestnut nape and a pink, not grey, lower mandible.

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

Breeds in northern Eurasia in summer. It migrates to Japan, the Korean Peninsula, eastern China, and occasionally Taiwan in winter.

Video Source: 田鵐/Rustic Bunting from Chuenguey Hwang on Youtube CC BY

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