Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Least Concern

Cabanis's Bunting (Emberiza cabanisi)


Taxonomy

French: Bruant de Cabanis German: Cabanisammer Spanish: Escribano de Cabanis
Taxonomy:

Polymitra (Fringillaria) cabanisi

Reichenow

, 1875,

Cameroon

.

Sometimes placed in genus Fringillaria. Race orientalis considered by some to represent a separate species, and cognominata sometimes synonymized with it. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. cabanisi (Reichenow, 1875) – Cabanis’s Bunting – W Africa locally from Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Cameroon, N DRCongo, S South Sudan and NW Uganda.
  • E. c. cognominata (Grote, 1931) – C Africa from S Gabon, Congo and Angola E to W Zambia and W & C Zimbabwe.
  • E. c. orientalis (Shelley, 1882) – Three-streaked Bunting – Tanzania S to E Zambia, Malawi, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 18–27 g. A fairly large bunting with mostly dark head. Male nominate race has dark crown (little evidence of paler median stripe), white supercilium, and blackish... read more

    Voice

    Male song varied, typically a repeated series of sweet, clear whistles, often reminiscent of that... read more

    Habitat

    Broadleaf woodland and well-wooded savanna, including guinean savanna in W Africa and miombo (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects, especially small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), and grass seeds; also other insects, including beetle larvae (Coleoptera... read more

    Breeding

    Season Jul–Aug in W Africa and Sept–Mar (mainly Oct–Nov) in SC Africa. Monogamous. Solitary nester. Nest constructed by female, male... read more

    Movements

    Largely resident, subject to local movements in relation to drought. Listed as a summer visitor (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Scarce or uncommon through much of its range; locally common in some areas.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2017). Cabanis's Bunting (Emberiza cabanisi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61890 on 26 September 2017).