French: Bruant à poitrine dorée German: Gelbbauchammer Spanish: Escribano pechidorado
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
E. f. flavigaster
Cretzschmar, 1828 – Sahel from S Mauritania E to Eritrea and N Ethiopia.
E. f. flaviventris
Stephens, 1815 – S South Sudan, SW, S & E DRCongo, Uganda and Kenya S through SC & E Africa to Angola (except SW), Botswana and N & E South Africa.
E. f. princeps
Clancey & Winterbottom, 1960 – SW Angola and Namibia.
15–16 cm; 15–28·3 g. Distinctive, with head boldly striped black and white, and flanks and lower belly whitish. Male nominate race has head black (... read more
Male song a repeated series of sweet, clear whistles, “wee-ty, wee-ty, wee-ty, wee”,... read more
Acacia (Acacia) and broadleaf woodland and savanna with sparse grass layer, typically in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes grass seeds, soft green leaves, flower buds, and wide diversity of insects, including termites (Isoptera), hairless... read more
Season Jun–Sept in W Africa and Sahel and Sept–Apr (mainly Oct–Dec) in S Africa; varies regionally, linked to rains, in E... read more
Largely resident; some local fluctuations in abundance. Sometimes wanders in small flocks outside... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Typically tends to be the most common of the yellow-breasted buntings in Africa. Average densities in Swaziland 13 birds/km² in... read more
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