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).
15–17 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... 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 (Least Concern). Abundant in many areas; somewhat localized over extensive range. Migration studies at Chokpak Pass, in W Tien Shan of Kazakhstan,... read more
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