Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)


French: Bruant à sourcils jaunes German: Gelbbrauenammer Spanish: Escribano cejigualdo

Emberiza chrysophrys


, 1776,

Daurian Range, southern Chita, south-eastern Siberia, Russia


Sometimes placed in genus Schoeniclus or, in the past, in Ocyris. Monotypic.


E Siberia from Irkutsk, R Nizhnyaya Tunguska and Bratsk E to R Vilyuy and Yakutsk, S to Chamar Daban range (S of L Baikal) and Stanovoy Mts; possibly also NE Mongolia#R. Winters in S & E China.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 15–24 g. Medium-sized bunting, similar in size to E. rustica, but with somewhat bigger head and stouter bill. Male breeding has striking head... read more


Song, from perch in tree in dense forest, short, often starts with characteristic clear drawn-out... read more


In area of middle R Yenisey, inhabits open taiga on slopes of river valleys and on overgrowing... read more

Food and feeding

Diet during breeding little known, presumably composed of an array of different flying insects and spiders (Araneae); these make up... read more


Season begins late, usually during mid-Jun (some from beginning of Jun), dates of first clutches extending to mid-Jul, and recently fledged... read more


Migratory; winters S & E China, accidentally S to Hong Kong. Breeding areas mostly deserted by... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to rare in most of range; locally common in area of middle Yenisey. Reports of this species during breeding period in areas... read more

Recommended citation

Copete, J.L. (2020). Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys). 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 23 February 2020).