519. Emberiza fucata

Emberiza fucata, Pall. Reis. R. R. iii. p. 698 (1776) ; Temm, and Schlegel, Faun. Jap. Aves, pl. 57 ; Gould, B. of As. v. pl. 9 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 325 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 493 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 252 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 577, E. lesbia, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i. p. 882 (1788) ; Gould, B. of E. iii. pl. 178.
Putthur-chirta, Hind. ; Ho-aka, Jap.
Male ad. (Japan). Crown, hind-neck, and sides of neck grey, streaked with black ; upper parts pale chestnut-red, blotched and streaked with black ; wings and tail dark brown, with pale external margins, the two outer rectrices with large, oblique, white terminal patches ; under parts white, the throat with lateral black blotches, which meet across the lower throat ; ear-coverts and a band across the breast chestnut-red ; flanks washed with buff and streaked with blackish brown ; bill dark fleshy brown, paler below ; legs pinkish ; iris brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 2.85, tail 2.7, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female differs only in being somewhat duller in colour.
Hab. Eastern Siberia, Manchuria, Corea, Japan, China, Assam ; wintering in Southern China and Burma ; is said to have strayed to Europe.
Frequents open rocky places covered with low bushes, and is said not to be particularly shy. Its song is sweet and long, and it is said to be one of the best of the Siberian songsters amongst the Buntings. It arrives at its breeding haunts early in May and commences nidification in June. The nest is placed on the ground or in a bush within about a foot from the ground, and is built of lino grass-bents, lined with finer bents and a few feathers, and is but slightly constructed. The eggs, usually 5 in number, are pale greenish finely spotted with pale brick-red, without any scratchy lines, and measure about 0.79 by 0.60. The spots are sometimes scattered evenly over the surface of the shell and at others collected at the larger end.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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519. Emberiza fucata
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H. E. Dresser
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Grey Headed Bunting
Chestnut-eared Bunting
Emberiza fucata
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