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


  • 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.

Photo © by Akiko Hidaka
Kanto, Japan, February 2007


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


Formerly included in Black-faced Bunting.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Photo © by Fatih Sam
Sakhalin Island, Russia


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


Very skulking.


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


  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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