Little Bunting

Emberiza pusilla

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Code 4

LIBU

Code 6

EMBPUS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Little Bunting has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia, and the United States, this bird prefers forest, shrubland, and grassland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 10,000,000 to 16,000,000 individuals in Europe alone 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 Little Bunting is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Little Bunting: Small finch with dark-streaked gray-brown upperparts, heavily streaked white underparts. Face and crown are chestnut-brown and black-bordered. Eye-ring is dull white; throat is white. Wings have two pale, thin bars. Legs, feet are yellow. Tail has white outer feathers.


Range and Habitat

Little Bunting: Breeds in the taiga of northeastern Europe and across northern Asia. Winters in northern India and other regions of south Asia. Reported on St. Lawrence Island and along the western Aleutian archipelago, northwestern Alaska, and California. Preferred habitats include mountain forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tee-tee-tee-teerec", "tsick"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Little Bunting was first described by Peter Simon Pallas, a German zoologist and botanist, in 1776.
  • It is one of the few buntings which doesn't acquire strikingly bright colours, even in the breeding season.
  • A group of buntings are collectively known as a "decoration", "mural", and "sacrifice" of buntings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Little Bunting

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X