(1127) Emberiza cia godlewskii.
The Chinese Meadow-Bunting.
Emberiza godlewskii Tacz., Jour. f. Orn., 1874, p. 380 (E. Siberian .
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to the Eastern Meadow-Bunting but more richly coloured and distinguishable at all ages by having the coronal bands deep chestnut instead of black. The ear-coverts, superciliary stripe and cheeks are a much darker grey and the tips of the wing-coverts are sometimes paler and a more pure white; the grey crown is striped with black.
Colours of soft parts as in the Eastern Meadow-Bunting. Bill " brownish-black" in breeding-season (Ludlow).
Measurements, Wing 83 to 90 mm.
Distribution. Northern China from Chihli to Kansu and Szechuan and South-East Tibet, East Turkestan and Altai, Koku Nur and Lake Baikal. Winter to Sikkim and hills of Northern Assam.
Nidification. La Touche found this bird breeding in May and June in the mountains North of Chihli; Sushkin took nests and eggs in Altai in May and birds breeding in Tibet in June and July have been identified as of this, race. The nests are similar to those of E. c. stracheyi but the eggs have a pale bluish or sea-green ground, whilst the markings consist of coarse and fine lines sometimes scattered over the whole egg but generally in an intricate wreath at the larger end. The primary or superficial markings are of black or deep purple-red, the secondary of lavender or pale reddish. They measure about 21.3 x 15.0 mm. In Tibet the birds breed between 12,000 and 15,000 feet.
Habits. Those of the species but in Tibet they are resident birds at great heights. In China they are resident in the Northern Hills at 3,000 to 7,000 feet.