French: Bruant à oreillons German: Bandammer Spanish: Escribano orejudo
at Onon and Ingoda Rivers, near Chilka, Chita, south-eastern Siberia, Russia
Subspecies and Distribution
E. f. fucata
Pallas, 1776 – E Mongolia (Khangai, Khentii and Khyangan) and SE Transbaikalia E to SE Russia (Amurland, S Khabarovsk, S Ussuriland), NE China (Heilongjiang), Sakhalin, Korea and Japan (S Kurils, and Hokkaido S to C Honshu, Kyushu); winters in S Japan (S from C Honshu), S Korea, S China, including Hainan, and, rarely, Taiwan.
E. f. kuatunensis
La Touche, 1925 – E China (Zhejiang and Fujian); winters to SE China, Bangladesh, N & C Myanmar and N Indochina.
E. f. arcuata
Sharpe, 1888 – Himalayas from N Pakistan E to W Nepal and S China (N Yunnan); winters lower in W Himalayas.
16 cm; 14–21 g. Medium-sized bunting, adult with distinctive facial pattern and double breastband. Male nominate race breeding (worn plumage) has dark-streaked grey crown and... read more
Song, from top of shrub or weed, is twittering and more rapid than that of sympatric buntings,... read more
Scrubby hillsides, open areas near marshy fields and wetland fringes, rich floodplain meadows with... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of grass seeds and some insects. Forages on ground. Usually singly or in small parties of up to five individuals. In non-... read more
Start of breeding May or early Jun, with late broods during Aug in N of range; two broods in a season. Nest built from dry grass blades,... read more
Migratory. N populations (nominate race) winter in S Korea, S Japan, Taiwan and S China, including... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but rather uncommon. Global population not quantified; believed to be stable, as no local declines or substantial threats... read more
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