510. Emberiza cinerea

510. Cinereous Bunting.
Emberiza cinerea, Strickland, P.Z.S. 1832, p. 99 ; Gould, B. of Asia, v. pl. 8 ; Dresser, iv. p. 159, pl. 207 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 529.
Male ad. (Asia Minor). Crown, nape, and sides of head ashy grey, tinged with yellow ; upper parts brownish, ash, the back darkly striped ; wings and tail blackish brown, the primaries margined with dull white, the secondaries and wing-coverts more broadly with warm buff, outer rectrices with the inner web terminally white, chin and throat clear yellow ; lower throat and upper breast ash-grey, tinged with yellow ; rest of under parts white, the flanks washed with grey ; bill dull horn-blue, legs fleshy brown ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 3.6, tail 3.1, tarsus 0.85 inch. The female is duller in colour, the head browner, striped with dark brown ; chin and throat yellow, with short dark stripes ; rest of under parts buffy white, the breast and flanks washed with ashy brown. The young bird is darker, and more distinctly striped, the under parts are pale brownish ash, striped and spotted with brown, the chin and throat washed with pale sulphur, the abdomen and under tail-coverts dull white, and has the inner secondaries broadly margined with buffy rufous.
Hab. Asia Minor, ranging east to Persia.
Affects rocky, mountainous districts where vegetation is scanty, and ranges high up into the conifer region ; it is extremely shy and wary, and in its general habits is said to resemble E. coesia. Its call-note is a short kup, and its song a succession of short strophes resembling the syllables dir, dir, dir, dli-di, variously modulated.
Although it appears to breed in some numbers near Smyrna, but one nest with eggs has, so far as I can ascertain, been as yet obtained, and is now in the Museum at Athens, but I possess one egg out of this clutch, which was obtained by Dr. Kruper near Smyrna on the 10th May 1889. It is white with a bluish tinge, somewhat sparingly marked with black spots and small blotches, and a few almost obsolete pale shell-spots or dots, the markings being chiefly at the larger end. In size it measures 0.81 by 0.61.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
510. Emberiza cinerea
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Cinereous Bunting
Cinereous Bunting
Emberiza cineracea
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