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Adult male
Photo © by AndyS56
Muroran, Japan, 14 May 2019
Emberiza personata

Identification

  • Brown, streaked upperparts
  • Grayish head
  • Pale yellow underparts with fine, dark streaking.

Male is darker than female.

Similar Species

Male Black-faced Bunting usually have a full gray hood including the throat. Yellow Bunting has less streaking below.

Female
Photo © by Akiko Hidaka
Kanto, Japan, February 2007

Distribution

Northeast Asia: Sakhalin and southern Kuril Island to Honshu; winters to Ryukyu Island and possibly a little further to southwest.

Taxonomy

Formerly included in Black-faced Bunting.

Subspecies

This is a monotypic species[1].

Immature
Photo © by Fatih Sam
Sakhalin Island, Russia

Habitat

Low to mid-elevation, where it prefers moist mixed forest, wintering in woodland and scrub with thick undergrowth, especially dwarf bamboo.

Behaviour

Very skulking.

Vocalisation

A high-pitch “chip!”. Song is a short, slow melody ending in a trill, “chip chew chiriririii”.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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