French: Bruant élégant German: Gelbkehlammer Spanish: Escribano elegante
Subspecies and Distribution
E. e. elegans
Temminck, 1836 – Russian Far East and NE China to Korea and Tsushima I (SW Japan); winters mainly in Korea, Japan (S of Hokkaido) and SE China.
E. e. elegantula
Swinhoe, 1870 – C China (S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan); winter records S to NE Myanmar, where status uncertain#R.
15–16 cm; 14–22 g. Male nominate race breeding is unmistakable through combination of black crown with erectile crest, rich yellow supercilium (whitish at very front), black... read more
Song, normally from perch in tree or bush, a long, monotonous twitter, e.g. “tswit tsu ri tu tswee... read more
Inhabits open dry deciduous forest and mixed deciduous–conifer forest, thickets and bushes, at... read more
Food and feeding
Food during breeding season consists mainly of invertebrates, but also some seeds. Forages on ground. Outside breeding season generally in... read more
Season begins in May; usually two broods. Nest a simple structure of loosely packed moss, plant stems, sedge and leaves, sometimes with... read more
Poorly known. Nominate race present in wintering areas from Nov to early Apr; winters mainly in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to locally common. Global population has not been reliably quantified, but assumed to be stable.
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!