French: Bruant à longue queue German: Wiesenammer Spanish: Escribano de Brandt
J. F. Brandt
Subspecies and Distribution
E. c. tarbagataica
Sushkin, 1925 – SW Altai in E Kazakhstan and NW China (N Xinjiang) S to C & E Tien Shan.
E. c. cioides
J. F. Brandt, 1843 – Siberian Meadow Bunting – SC Siberia from E Altai E to Mongolia and adjacent Transbaikalia (Buryatia) in EC Russia, and S to NC China (E Qinghai).
E. c. weigoldi
Jacobi, 1923 – E of Transbaikalia in SE Russia (Amurland and Ussuriland), S to NE China (S to Hebei) and N Korea.
E. c. castaneiceps
F. Moore, 1856 – E China (S of Hebei) and S Korea.
E. c. ciopsis
Bonaparte, 1850 – Japanese Meadow Bunting – Sakhalin and Kuril Is S through Japanese islands to Yakushima (S of Kyushu); winters in C & S Japan.
17 cm; 17–26 g. Relatively large and long-tailed bunting. Male nominate race breeding (plumage worn) has crown chestnut, relatively broad white supercilium, chestnut... read more
Song, from top of small bush or tall tree, a short, simple phrase very similar to that of E.... read more
Found in all manner of lightly wooded rolling hills and mountain foothills; rocky areas of steppe... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly grass and weed seeds, augmented by invertebrates during summer. Feeds mostly on ground, hopping with hunched posture. In... read more
Season Apr–Aug; two and often three broods. Monogamous. Nest built by female alone, a cup of rootlets and grasses, lined with finer... read more
Mostly sedentary or, at most, a short-distance migrant. Remains close to breeding areas in winter,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common locally over most of its breeding range; little evidence of any marked decreases in recent decades. Densities of up to 80 birds/km² reported... read more
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