French: Bruant à cou gris German: Steinortolan Spanish: Escribano cabecigrís
Subspecies and Distribution
E. b. cerrutii
De Filippi, 1863 – SE Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan E to Iran and S Turkmenistan; assumed to winter in India.
E. b. neobscura
Paynter, 1970 – C & NE Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan E to Altai ranges, SW Mongolia and NW China (NW Xinjiang); assumed to winter in India.
E. b. buchanani
Blyth, 1845 – S Uzbekistan and Pamirs of Tajikistan S to N & C Afghanistan and probably SW Pakistan (Baluchistan); winters over most of W India (S to Hyderabad).
16 cm; 17·2–26 g. Hooded bunting with rather long pale pinkish bill and prominent whitish eyering. Male nominate race breeding (worn plumage) has crown to nape,... read more
Song, usually from top of large boulder, a simple phrase of c. 4 rising notes followed by lower-... read more
Dry, rocky mountainsides, ravines and upland plateaux, with grassy clumps and weedy vegetation;... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of seeds, and shoots of dry-country plants, including those of bistorts (Polygonum), spurge (Euphorbia), sea... read more
Males arrive at breeding sites a few days ahead of females. Eggs reported from late Apr to Jul in Iran, early May in S Turkmenistan, late... read more
Migratory. Departure from breeding grounds from late Aug through Sept, a little earlier in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant in many areas; somewhat localized over extensive range. Migration studies at Chokpak Pass, in W Tien Shan of Kazakhstan, indicate... read more
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