Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Least Concern

Grey-throated Bunting (Emberiza goslingi)


French: Bruant de Gosling German: Graukehlammer Spanish: Escribano gorjigrís

Fringillaria goslingi


, 1906,

Mbima, northern Nigeria


Until recently considered conspecific with E. tahapisi, but molecular study#R reinforced the case for splitting. Indeed, in its pure form it differs from tahapisi in its grey vs black chin, throat and rear ear-coverts (3); paler tan underparts (1); and rich rufous panel in closed wing, making a large rufous patch on open wing (3). It is thus here accorded species rank; furthermore, there is apparently evidence of parapatric occurrence “at W end of the Sudan–Uganda border”#R and an indication that some song components differ from those of taxa grouped in tahapisi#R. However, form “septemstriata”, which occupies a considerable area from E Sudan across N Ethiopia (N of 12° N) and all Eritrea#R, appears to be a hybrid swarm between present species and nominate tahapisi, exhibiting unstable characters of both taxa and thus partly undiagnosable; single genetic sample (from Eritrea) placed it closer to present species, but S Ethiopian and E African tahapisi were not sampled. For convenience, although in genetic study septemstriata was placed with tahapisi#R, it is incorporated here into present species without taxonomic rank (if rank retained, name septemstriata takes precedence over goslingi); clearly, more work is needed to assess the status of this form. Monotypic.

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Mauritania and Senegal E to Cameroon, SW & E Sudan, NE South Sudan, Eritrea and N Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Grey-throated Bunting (Emberiza goslingi). 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 on 17 January 2018).