French: Bruant masqué German: Maskenammer Spanish: Escribano carinegro
Daurian Range, southern Chita, south-eastern Siberia, Russia
Subspecies and Distribution
E. s. spodocephala
Pallas, 1776 – from C Siberia (Novokuznetsk and Krasnoyarsk) E to S coast of Sea of Okhotsk, N Sakhalin and Sea of Japan coast, S to Sayan Mts, Altai, N Mongolia (Khentii Mts), Transbaikalia, NE China (Heilongjiang), SE Russia (Ussuriland) and N Korea; winters in S & E China (S Yunnan and Hainan E to Fujian) and Taiwan.
E. s. sordida
Blyth, 1845 – EC China from N Gansu and NE Qinghai S to W Sichuan and N Yunnan (S to Yangtze Valley), E to N Hubei, and occasionally in C Guizhou and W Hunan; winters in area from C Nepal E to NE India, N Myanmar and N Indochina.
13·5–16 cm; 13–27 g. Male nominate race breeding has head to breast olive-grey (becoming greener from W to E of range), contrasting blackish lores and chin, nape tinged... read more
Song of nominate, usually from inside bush or low tree, consists of variable succession of ringing... read more
Breeds in shrubby and tall dense grass areas with interspersed trees along watercourses and... read more
Food and feeding
Adult diet during breeding mainly adult and larval invertebrates, such as small cicadas (Cicadidae) and other bugs (Hemiptera), flies (... read more
Season starts usually between May and mid Jun, depending on location and altitude, with fledglings as late as Sept; two broods. Nest, built... read more
Migratory. Leaves Siberian breeding grounds during early Sept and NE China (Heilongjiang) in Oct;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in suitable habitat throughout range; one of the commonest buntings in E Asia. Common also in non-breeding range. Global... read more
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