Emberiza buchanani

Emberiza buchanani, Bly.

716 :- E. huttoni, Blyth. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 373 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 497; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 416 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 185.


Length, 5.75 to 6 ; wing, 3.5; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 0.75.

Bill reddish; irides brown ; feet fleshy-brown.

Head, neck, nape, and sides of the neck, grey; from the the lower corner of the under mandible on each side a short streak of buffy, between which and the chin, which is also buff, is a streak of greyish, meeting the grey of the sides of the neck; orbital feathers whitish; back grey, with a slight rufescent tinge, the feathers faintly striated; rump and upper tail-coverts greyish-brown or ferruginous, paler on the abdomen and vent, and nearly buff on the under tail-coverts; lesser-coverts ferruginous; median and greater-coverts brown, edged with ferruginous; primaries dull brown, margined narrowly on their outer, and broadly on their inner web with pale-white or rufescent-white; secondaries the same, but the feathers also tipped with pale-rufous; edge of the wing fulvous ; tail blackish-brown, the outer web of the outermost feather, except at the extreme base, and half of the inner web, white; the next outermost, blackish-brown on the outer web, and for nearly two-thirds its length on the inner web, blackish-brown ; the rest white on their inner web only; centre tail-feathers edged with pale-rufous.

The Grey-necked Bunting is a not uncommon winter visitant to all parts of the district; it is much addicted to frequenting stony hills.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Emberiza buchanani
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Grey-necked Bunting
Grey-necked Bunting
Emberiza buchanani
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