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White-capped Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Chestnut-breasted Bunting

Photo by Askar Isabekov
Tien Shan, SE Kazakhstan, May 2014
Emberiza stewarti


Photo by fakharabbas
Balkasar Chakwal Punjab, Pakistan, February 2012

15cm (6 in)

  • Rufous upperparts
  • Grey underparts
  • Whitish-grey head
  • Black eye stripe
  • Black throat extending to sides of head
  • White upper breast
  • Broad chestnut breast band
  • Brownish wings
  • Long tail


Asia: found in southern Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, northern Afghanistan, China, Tibet, northern Pakistan, and north-western India and Western Himalayas.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Boreal shrubland, mountain scrub, rocky gulleys in lightly wooded hillsides, forests, temperate grassland.



Their main diet consists of a variety of seeds, with the addition of berries in the autumn and winter. Youngsters are fed mostly on insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
  4. Avianweb

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