Yellow-breasted Bunting

Emberiza aureola




Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Green gray or pale blue green marked with brown

Number of Eggs:

4 - 5

Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

On ground, hidden by vegatation., Low in bush.

Nest Material:

Grasses, Lined with mammal hair and fine grass.





Yellow-breasted Bunting: Medium-sized bunting with rufous upperparts and black head. Underparts are yellow with dark streaks on sides and flanks, and bold chestnut-brown breast band. Wings are black with large white shoulder patches and wing-bars. Female is duller with streaked gray-brown upperparts, pale yellow underparts with streaks on sides and flanks, and lacks black head and breast markings. Juvenile resembles female but has more extensively streaked underparts.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Yellow-breasted Bunting: Four to five green gray or pale blue green eggs with brown markings are laid in a nest made of grasses lined with mammal hair and fine grass, built on the ground or in low bush. Female incubates eggs for 13 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Yellow-breasted Bunting: Feeds on seeds and insects; forages on the ground.

Readily Eats

Safflower, Apple Slices, Suet, Millet, Peanut Kernels, Fruit


Yellow-breasted Bunting: Song is a loud melodious warble "fillyu-fillyu-fillyu-fillee-fillee-fillee-teyou-teyou." Call is a low "tik-tik."

Similar Species

Yellow-breasted Bunting: None in range.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The upper front part of a bird.
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.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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