(1126) Emberiza cia par.
The Transcaspian Meadow-Bunting.
Emberiza cia par Hartert, Vog. Pal., i, p. 184 (1910) (Gudan, Transcaspia). Emberiza stracheyi Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 256 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. S-x tor aex, and at corresponding seasons and ages, this is a much paler bird than E. c. stracheyi.
Colours of soft parts as in the Eastern Meadow-Bunting.
Measurements. Wing 78 to 88 mm.
Distribution. Transcaspia, Turkestan, Kurdistan, Baluchistan, Afghanistan and Persia; in Winter Sind and North-West Frontier Provinces.
Nidification. Similar to that of the Eastern Meadow-Bunting. Capt. C. H. T. Whitehead and, later, Harington found these Buntings breeding in large numbers in Chitral and the Khagan Valley between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. The eggs are, indistinguishable from those of the preceding bird and forty average 21.7 x 16.0 mm.: maxima 23.2 x 16.6 and 23.1 x 17.1 mm.; minima 20.3 x 15.9 and 21.7 x 15.1 ram. They breed during June and July.
Habits Those of the species.