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Photo © by Seyed Babak Mus
Sarakhs, north-east Iran, April 2006
Emberiza bruniceps


15–16·5 cm (6-6½ in); a largish bunting with a fairly long tail
Breeding male

  • Bright yellow underparts
  • Green upperparts
  • Brownish-red face and breast

Female overall paler than the male

Pair in spring passage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurugram, Haryana, India, 12 April 2021
  • Paler underparts
  • Greyish-brown back
  • Grey head


South-central Eurasia; winters in the Indian subcontinent.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open scrub, cultivated fields, countryside, grassland, desert, semi arid areas, woodlands and forest.


Photo © by Shantilal
Gujarat, India, 8 December 2019


They make a nest in a tree or bush. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.


Their diet consists mostly of seeds, supplemented by insects during the breeding season.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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