Yellow-breasted Bunting

Emberiza aureola

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

YBBU

Code 6

EMBAUR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered

The Yellow-breasted Bunting breeds over a very large range of 15,700,000 square kilometers. It historically bred in wet second growth, riparian zones, and wet meadows with tall vegetation in southern Finland, much of Russia, and parts of northern Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and Japan. It winters in rice fields and other grasslands in northern India and Nepal, southern China, and much of southeastern Asia. It has also occurred as a vagrant to Alaska. Despite its large range, this species has declined or disappeared from many areas, most likely because of unsustainable trapping during migration and at wintering sites of many thousands of individuals. Due to huge population declines estimated to range from 80% to 90%, this species now Endangered.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-breasted Bunting: Medium bunting, rufous upperparts, black head. Yellow underparts with dark streaks on sides and flanks, bold chestnut-brown breast band. Black wings with large white shoulder patches, wing-bars. Swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Yellow-breasted Bunting: Eurasian native; range includes Finland, Belarus, and Ukraine in the west, through Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia, to far eastern Russia, Korea and northern Japan; in spring may visit western Aleutian Islands. Breeds in wet meadows with tall vegetation and scattered scrub, riverside, and scrub; winters in cultivated areas, rice fields, reed beds, and grasslands.

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Yellow-breasted Bunting SONGS AND CALLS

Yellow-breasted Bunting E1

Song is a whistled "fillee-fillee-teeyou-teeyou".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"fillyu-fillyu-fillyu-fillee-fillee-fillee-teyou-teyou", "tik-tik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Yellow-breasted Bunting was first described in 1773 by Peter Simon Pallas, a German zoologist and botanist who worked in Russia.
  • It was formerly classified as a Near Threatened species by the IUCN. But new research has shown it to be rarer than it was believed. Consequently, it is uplisted to Vulnerable status in 2008.
  • A group of buntings are collectively known as a "decoration", "mural", and "sacrifice" of buntings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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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. 
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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