Red-headed Bunting

The Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps), is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in central Asia. It is migratory, wintering in India. Its status in western Europe, where it is a potential vagrant, is confused by escapes, especially as this species is more commonly recorded than the closely related Black-headed Bunting, despite the latter have a more westerly breeding range.

This bird is 6.70 inches long, larger than the Reed Bunting, and long-tailed. The breeding male has bright yellow underparts, green upperparts and a brownish-red face and breast. The female is a washed-out version of the male, with paler underparts, a gray-brown back and a grayish head. The juvenile is similar, and both can be difficult to separate from the corresponding plumages of Black-headed Bunting.

The Red-headed Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas including agricultural land. It lays 3-5 eggs in a nest in a tree or bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The song, given from a high perch, is a jerky sweet-sweet-churri-churri-churri.

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