Black-faced Bunting

The Black-faced Bunting, Emberiza spodocephala, is a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in southern Siberia across to northern China and northern Japan. It is migratory, wintering in northeast India, southern China and northern southeast Asia. It winters close to water in agricultural or other open bushy habitats.

This bird is about 6.3 inches long. The male has a dark gray head with a mix of yellow, green and black between the bill and eye. The upper parts are brown and heavily streaked with black, except on the rump. The rump is brown and the tail is also a dark brown. The under parts are yellowish white with some fine dark brown flank streaks. The stout bill is pink. Females and young birds have a weaker head pattern, with olive-gray cheeks and a weak creamy white supercilium. The under parts are creamy yellow heavily streaked with dark brown.

The Black-faced Bunting breeds in dense undergrowth along streams and rivers and lays 4 to 5 eggs in a ground or tree nest. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.