Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Least Concern

Masked Bunting (Emberiza personata)


French: Bruant de Temminck German: Strohammer Spanish: Escribano enmascarado

Emberiza personata


, 1836,

northern Japan


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. spodocephala, despite several recent indications of genetic distinctiveness#R#R#R. Differs, however, in its yellow vs olive-grey submoustachial stripe, throat and breast (3); brighter yellow belly to vent (1); heavier streaking on flanks (1); greener-grey on crown (ns[1]); longer bill (effect size 3.83, score 2); and voice reportedly (in HBW) similar but distinguishable (at least 1). Monotypic.

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S Sakhalin, Kuril Is and Japan (Hokkaido S to C Honshu); winters from N Honshu S through Shikoku and Kyushu to Ryukyu Is and Izu Is.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Masked Bunting (Emberiza personata). 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 24 November 2017).