G. H. Martens, 1906,
Mia River region, Fuzhou, Fujian, China.
Originally described in genus Junco (male plumage superficially resembling that of “slate-coloured” populations of Junco hyemalis), but soon placed in a monotypic genus Latoucheornis, itself later submerged into Emberiza; sometimes treated in Schoeniclus. Differs from typical Emberiza in unstreaked male plumage and very rufous female plumage, very small bill, and strangely shaped tail feathers, but molecular studies indicate that differences from that genus minor. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that this species is, surprisingly, a sister-species of E. elegans. Monotypic.
C China in S Gansu and S Shaanxi (from Taibai Shan) S to W Sichuan (Nan Chuan range and valleys at E edge of Tibetan Plateau; probably also in NE Sichuan); probably also farther E, in Anhui (Huang Shan, perhaps Dabie Shan#R). In non-breeding season widely recorded at lower elevations in Sichuan, W Hubei, Anhui, Yunnan, Guizhou, Fujian and N Guangdong.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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