Rustic Bunting

Emberiza rustica

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

RUBU

Code 6

EMBRUS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Rustic Bunting has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to much of Asia as well as Canada and Sweden and introduced to much of Europe and the United States, this bird prefers forest, wetland, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 12,000,000 to 21,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Rustic Bunting is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Rustic Bunting: Medium bunting with bright chestnut-brown upperparts streaked with black on back. Throat and belly are white, breast band is cinnamon-brown, and sides and flanks are streaked. Black head has slight crest and thick white eyebrow. The tail is dark brown with white edges.

 

Range and Habitat

Rustic Bunting: This is a Eurasian species. During its migration, this bird regularly visits the Aleutian archipelago and other islands in the Bering Sea. It occurs casually along the Pacific coast to California. Preferred habitats include coniferous forests, riparian thickets, wet taiga, scrub, and brushy areas.

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Rustic Bunting SONGS AND CALLS

Rustic Bunting S1

Song is a series of pleasant, melodious notes.

Rustic Bunting S2

Sharp "tzik" calls given by an alarmed male.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"sit", "tsip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Buntings are the Old World equivalents of the species known in North America as (American) sparrows.
  • The Rustic Bunting was first described in 1776 by Peter Simon Pallas, a German zoologist and botanist who worked in Russia.
  • Their habits are similar to those of finches, with which they sometimes used to be grouped.
  • A group of buntings are collectively known as a "decoration", "mural", and "sacrifice" of buntings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Chris Vest

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X