Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Least Concern

Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis)


Taxonomy

French: Bruant gris German: Bambusammer Spanish: Escribano gris
Taxonomy:

Emberiza variabilis

Temminck

, 1836,

northern Japan

.

Sometimes placed in genus Schoeniclus or, in the past, in Ocyris. Birds from Kamchatka sometimes separated as race musica. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Russia (S Kamchatka), Kuril Is, S Sakhalin and Japan (Hokkaido S to C Honshu). Winters mainly in S half of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Ryukyu Is (S to Okinawa); rarely in S Korea.

Descriptive notes

14–17 cm; 20·9–30 g. Male breeding is distinctive, sometimes with dusky lores, other­wise entire head, upperparts and underparts dark slate-grey,... read more

Voice

Song, from inconspicuous perch inside bush or undergrowth, usually starts with soft drawn-out note... read more

Habitat

Favours mixed deciduous and coniferous forest at middle and subalpine elevations, usually with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insufficiently known; appears to include small invertebrates, seeds and small fruits and berries. Usually forages on ground. Secretive... read more

Breeding

Season begins during Jun, with peak in Jul. Nest built from twigs and dead leaves of dwarf bamboo, also grasses, located on stems of dwarf... read more

Movements

Migratory. Autumn migration begins in Aug in N part of range, but main passage in Kuril Is during... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon in most of range; locally common. Global population not reliably estimated, but no signs of decrease and considered stable.

Recommended citation

Copete, J.L. (2017). Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61897 on 19 November 2017).