501. Emberiza striolata

501. Striped BUNTING.
Emberiza striolata (Licht.), Verz. Doubl, p. 24 (1823) ; Dresser, iv. p. 197, pl. 213 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 561 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 264.
Andhi cherya, Hind.
Male ad. (India). Head and neck greyish white striped with white ; on each side of the head three white stripes, the upper one forming a super- cilium ; upper parts warm sandy brown with dark brown stripes ; quills dark brown, edged with creamy sienna, the inner web sienna at the base ; wing-coverts sienna with dull grey margins ; tail blackish brown edged with sienna ; throat and upper breast-feathers black with greyish white margins ; rest of under parts pale buff ; under wing-coverts sienna ; bill blackish brown the lower mandible yellowish ; legs pale yellow ; iris brown. Culmen 0.4, wing 3.25, tail 2.45, tarsus 0.5 inch. The female is paler and more obscure in colour, the dark stripes paler, those on the breast almost obsolete. In the winter the feathers have grey margins, making the markings more obscure.
Hab. Palestine, Arabia, S. Persia, Baluchistan, Sind to Etawah, the Punjab down to Cutch, and Saugor in the Central Provinces of India ; is said to have occurred in N. Africa as far west as Algeria.
Inhabits bare, rocky hill-ranges where the vegetation is but scant, even though more fertile ground may be quite near. In general habits it is active, cheerful, and fearless. Its song is poor in quality and feeble, and is uttered from any elevated perch. Nidification (in India) is said to take place twice in the year, in November and in July. The nest is placed on the ground amongst the rocks, and is constructed of a few twigs, grass-roots, and stems, rather loose in structure, and lined with feathers. The eggs are pale greenish, bluish, or brownish white, spotted and dotted with brown and a few pale purplish streaks and blotches, and measure about 0.74 by 0.51.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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501. Emberiza striolata
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H. E. Dresser
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Striped Bunting
Striolated Bunting
Emberiza striolata
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