513. Emberiza elegans

Emberiza elegans, Temm. Pl. col. iii. pl. 583 (1835) ; id. et Schlegel, Faun. Jap. Aves, p. 93, pl. 55 ; (Gould), B. of As. v. pl. 12 ; Radde, Reis. Sud. Ost. Sib. Vog. p. 165, pl. 5 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 322 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 497 ; Tacz. F. O Sib. O. p. 568 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 137.
Hoang-mey, Chinese.
Male ad. (Japan). Crown, lores, sides of the head, chin, and a large patch on the upper breast deep black ; a narrow white line over the forehead and above the lores, widening into a broad yellow supercilium continued and meeting on the hind-crown ; hind-neck greyish ; back and wing-coverts chestnut-brown, streaked with black and margined with sandy white or buff : rump, middle rectrices, and upper tail-coverts ashy grey, the rump with obsolete brown markings ; quills dark brown, with buff external margins ; tail-feathers, the central excepted, blackish brown, the two outer chiefly white ; throat yellow ; under parts below the black, white, the flanks striped with chestnut-red ; bill blackish horn ; legs flesh colour ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.45, wing 2.9, tail 2.65, tarsus 0.75 inch. The female lacks the yellow on the head and throat, the black is hidden, being only at the base of the feathers, and the upper part are brown.
Hab. E. Siberia ; Manchuria ; Japan, where it is probably resident ; wintering in China as far west as Moupin.
Frequents the outskirts of the forests, and is said to be by no means shy. Its call-note is said by Radde to resemble that of other Buntings, and its song is rich and melodious, it being described as the best songster of the Buntings. It breeds in Siberia, the nest being placed on the ground amongst bushes, and constructed of grass, rootlets, and plant-stems lined with hair and fine roots. The eggs 5 in number are deposited late in May and are white with pale violet shell-markings and brownish black small surface-spots. in size measuring about 0.75 by 0.59. They are not unlike the eggs of E. leucocephala, and lack the characteristic lines found on the eggs of most Buntings.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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513. Emberiza elegans
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Yellow Throated Bunting
Yellow-throated Bunting
Emberiza elegans
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