French: Bruant à tête rousse German: Braunkopfammer Spanish: Escribano carirrojo
J. F. Brandt
Volga–Ural interfluve (S from just N of Caspian Sea, c. 51° N) E through Kazakhstan to S Altai Mts, W Mongolia and NW China (Xinjiang), and S to NE Iran, Turkmenistan, NW & E Afghanistan and Pakistan (N Baluchistan), Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Winters in India.
15–16·5 cm; 18–34 g. A fairly large bunting with relatively long tail, and without white on outer rectrices. Male breeding is very distinctive, with head... read more
Song, normally from top of bush or wire, often in flight, a rather monotonous repetition with few... read more
Isolated patches of bushes on pure steppes, also in semi-desert and desert oases; occupies all... read more
Food and feeding
Takes seeds throughout year; during breeding season, feeds mostly on invertebrates. Among invertebrates recorded in diet are damselflies... read more
Season May–Aug, including nests with eggs until mid-Jul; apparently single-brooded, but occasional second broods reported. Male... read more
Migratory; winters in most of NC & peninsular India. Nocturnal migrant. Autumn migration starts... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally very common. Considered common in Kazakhstan. No evidence of any declines in any parts of breeding range, and global population... read more
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