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Photo by Vadim
Irkutsk, Russia, August 2012
Emberiza chrysophrys


13–15 cm

  • Brown upper parts with heavy streaks
  • White underparts, finely streaked and with orangy flanks
  • Pink stout beak

Breeding male

  • Black head
  • White crown, throat and moustachial stripes
  • Bright yellow eyebrow stripe

Females and young birds have a weaker, browner, head pattern, some yellow in the eyebrow, white crown stripe


Cenral Siberia, wintering in central and southern China.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open taiga, river valley slopes and wetlands.



They nest in trees. The clutch consists of 4 eggs.


Their diet is not well recorded. Thought to consists of seeds and insects and spiders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  3. AvianWeb

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