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Striolated Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Photo by vaibhav mishra
Kutchh, Gujarat, India, December 2009
Emberiza striolata


14cm long

  • Chestnut body
  • Grey head with darker streaking

Female: head is brownish-grey with more diffuse streaking


Africa, Middle East and Asia



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • E. s. striolata
  • E. s. saturatior:
  • E. s. jebelmarrae:
  • Highlands of west-central Sudan (Jebel Marra)

Was formerly considered conspecific with House Bunting.


Rocky substratum, dry scrub, thorn forests irrigated fields, mountain sides.



The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs which is laid in a nest built in a hole in a wall or building. Incubation is 14 days.


The diet consits mostly of seeds, however insects are fed to the young.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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