- Emberiza cineracea
Male - dull yellow head, bright yellow moustache and throat, grey back, grey underparts, brownish wings, long white cornered tail, thick pale bill.
Female - brownish grey above, white throat, yellow moustache.
The males are distinctive thanks to a greeny yellow head much plainer than in other male buntings. The birds in eastern Turkey are of a different race in which the yellow extends down the underparts as far as the undertail. Females and first winter birds are dull and streaky with an obvious white eye-ring so could be confused with Ortolan or Cretzschmar's Buntings. However, they tend to be less prominently streaked, especially below, and the females often have a distinct yellow tinge to the throat. The most important clinching feature, though, is that the bill of a Cinereous Bunting is always dull grey rather than pinkish.
There are 2 subspecies.
- E. c. cineracea:
- Arid rocky slopes of western and southern Turkey
- E. c.a semenowi:
Rocky mountain slopes with scrub.
The diet includes seeds and insects.
Three eggs are laid.
Call: harsh tschrip; song: zru- zru-zru-zru
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Cinereous Bunting. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Cinereous_Bunting
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