French: Bruant cendré German: Türkenammer Spanish: Escribano cinéreo
C. L. Brehm
Subspecies and Distribution
E. c. cineracea
C. L. Brehm, 1855 – Grey-bellied Bunting – SW Turkey and adjacent E Greek islands of Skyros, Lesbos and Chios; winters in NE Sudan, Eritrea and S Saudi Arabia.
E. c. semenowi
Zarudny, 1904 – Yellow-bellied Bunting – SE Turkey, N Iraq#R and SW Iran (Zagros Mts); probably winters on Red Sea coasts of SW Arabia and NE Africa#R.
16·5–18 cm; 21–29·7 g. Relatively large, long-bodied, but rather featureless bunting with fairly long bill. Male nominate race has forehead, crown,... read more
Song, from prominent boulder, treetop or bush, an insignificant little phrase consisting of 4... read more
Breeds in dry, hilly country with scattered rocks and shrubby cover. In winter in open country and... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly studied. Feeds chiefly on invertebrates during breeding season, otherwise primarily on seeds. In late May stomach contents of three... read more
Little information. Eggs reported late Apr in SW Iran and W Turkey and late May in E Turkey, where recently fledged young noted as late as... read more
Migratory. All breeding areas vacated from late Aug onwards. The two races differ somewhat in their... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. A little-known, unobtrusive species with low population density and fragmented range. Generally uncommon or... read more
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