French: Bruant de Yéso German: Mandschurenammer Spanish: Escribano culiocre
Other common names:
Japanese Reed Bunting
near Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Subspecies and Distribution
E. y. continentalis
Witherby, 1913 – extreme E Mongolia, NE China (Heilongjiang) and S Russian Far East (Ussuriland); winters in coastal E China.
E. y. yessoensis
(Swinhoe, 1874) – C & S Japan (N & C Honshu and Kyushu); winters in S Japan and Korea.
14–15 cm; 13–14 g. Small bunting with pointed tail feathers. Male nominate race breeding has entire head to lower neck and upper breast glossy black, nape pinkish... read more
Song, usually from tall herb or reed, a brief phrase containing short syllables, “tsui tsui... read more
Breeds in reedbeds and edges of marshes, wetland fringes with bushes, and tall herbs bordering... read more
Food and feeding
Insufficiently known. During breeding recorded as taking seeds, beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars, also berries; in winter diet... read more
Season May–Jul; double-brooded. Nest a small cup made from dry grasses, lined with grass, rootlets and hair, located on or very close... read more
Migratory. Mainland race continentalis migrates to coastal China (mainly from Jiangsu S to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon to rare, and local. Evidently extinct in some formerly inhabited areas, such as Hokkaido and the Kuril... read more
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