French: Bruant du Japon German: Schwefelammer Spanish: Escribano japonés
Other common names:
Japanese Yellow Bunting
Temminck and Schlegel
Mountains of N & W Honshu, in Japan. Main wintering area imperfectly known: includes N Philippines, probably also Taiwan and SE China (Fujian, Guangdong).
13–14 cm; male average 15·2 g, female average 14·6 g. Rather small, undistinctive bunting. Male breeding has head uniformly greenish, with some grey tinge, white eyering,... read more
Song, usually from inconspicuous perch high in tree, usually several twittering phrases alternated... read more
During breeding associated with second growth and forest edges in deciduous and mixed forests, also... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not well known. Insects, such as beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars, also plant material, such as legume seeds. On Mindoro, in... read more
Starts second half of May. Males congregate on areas of snow-free vegetation, awaiting later arrival of females. Nest made from coarse... read more
Migratory; non-breeding quarters mainly in N Philippines, with irregular records Taiwan and Chinese... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Honshu Montane Forests Secondary Area. Uncommon; declining. No reliable population estimates; further study needed.... read more
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