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Black-headed Bunting

The Black-headed Bunting, Emberiza melanocephala, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in southeast Europe east to Iran. It is migratory, wintering in India. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe.

This bird is 6.7 inches long, larger than the Reed Bunting, and long-tailed. The breeding male has bright yellow under parts, chestnut upper parts and a black hood. The female is a washed-out version of the male, with paler under parts, a gray-brown back and a grayish head. The juvenile is similar to the adult female.

The Black-headed Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas including agricultural land. It lays 4-6 eggs in a nest in a tree or bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.The Black-headed Bunting, Emberiza melanocephala, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in southeast Europe east to Iran. It is migratory, wintering in India. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe.

This bird is 6.7 inches long, larger than the Reed Bunting, and long-tailed. The breeding male has bright yellow under parts, chestnut upper parts and a black hood. The female is a washed-out version of the male, with paler under parts, a gray-brown back and a grayish head. The juvenile is similar to the adult female.

The Black-headed Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas including agricultural land. It lays 4-6 eggs in a nest in a tree or bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

Black-headed Bunting


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