Yellow-breasted Bunting

The Yellow-breasted Bunting, Emberiza aureola, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It breeds in northeast Europe and across northern Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southeast Asia, India, and southern China. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe.

This bird is similar in size to a Reed Bunting, but longer billed. The male has bright yellow under parts with black flank streaks, brown upper parts, black face and throat bar and a pink lower mandible. The female has a heavily streaked gray-brown back and less intensely yellow under parts. She has a whitish face with dark crown, eye and cheek stripes.

The Yellow-Breasted Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas, often near water. It lays 4-6 eggs in a nest on the ground. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.