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Chestnut-eared Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Photo by robby thai
Pak Phli Nakhorn Nayok, Thailand, January, 2018

Alternative name: Grey-headed Bunting

Emberiza fucata


Subspecies fucata
Photo by stuprice68
Asabu Hokkaido, Japan, June 2006

16 cm (6¼ in)

  • Brown plumage
  • Grey crown and nape with dark streaks
  • Chestnut ear-coverts
  • Black and chestnut breast bands
  • Rufous shoulder patch
  • Rufous rump

Female: similar to males, duller, less distinct head and breast pattern


Asia: found in Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Malay Peninsula



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • E. f. arcuata:
  • E. f. fucata:
  • E. f. kuatunensis:
  • Southern China (Jiangsu to Guangdong and southern Yunnan)


Fields, riparian vegetation, grasslands, wetlands and scrub.



Their diet consists mostly of grass seeds, with the addition of some insects. They feed on the ground.


They build a cup-shaped nest from blades of grass, on the ground or low in a bush. The 3-6 whitish eggs have reddish-brown specks and are incubated for 12 days. There may be a second brood


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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