French: Bruant de Stewart German: Silberkopfammer Spanish: Escribano de Stewart
Other common names:
Landour and Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India
Mountains from S Kazakhstan (Karatau Range), S Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan S to extreme SE Turkmenistan (Kugitang Range), Afghanistan, W & N Pakistan, Kashmir and N India (E at least to C Himachal Pradesh); winter range includes S Afghanistan and Pakistan, but most birds move farther S into N India (S to Gujarat, W Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, NE Maharashtra); recently recorded in China (W Xinjiang)#R.
15 cm; 13–21 g. Distinctive bunting with comparatively small bill. Male breeding (worn plumage) has crown and nape, side of head and upper breast light buffy grey,... read more
Song, from top of small bush or crag, usually a simple phrase, rather variable, can be a buzzy,... read more
Favours rocky gulleys in dry, lightly wooded hills and mountains; associated especially with... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds chiefly on grass seeds, augmented by berries in autumn and winter. Young fed with variety of invertebrates, mostly insects and... read more
Nest-building begins immediately on arrival on breeding grounds, in Apr, and eggs reported from very end of Apr, but mostly from mid-May to... read more
Migratory. Begins to arrive on breeding grounds in Apr. Post-breeding departure through first half... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in appropriate habitat over most of C Asian breeding range. Little evidence of any marked decreases in recent decades. This species’... read more
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