House Bunting

The House Bunting, Emberiza striolata, is a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is a resident breeder of dry country from northern Africa through southwest Asia and into India. It breeds around human habitation.

This bird is 5 1/2 inches long. The breeding male has a chestnut body and gray head with dark streaking. The female’s head has a brown tint to the gray and more subtle streaking. The eastern race has stronger facial striping and a paler belly than the North African race.

The female House Bunting lays 2-4 eggs in a nest in a hole in a wall or building.

Its natural food consists of mainly seeds with the addition of insects when feeding their young.