Pallas's Bunting

Emberiza pallasi




Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pink with dark spots

Number of Eggs:

4 - 5

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

On ground.

Nest Material:

Lined with fine materials., Grasses and moss.





Pallas's Bunting: Medium-sized bunting with gray-brown upperparts with black streaks. Lower breast, belly, and undertail coverts are white. Head, throat and upper breast are black. Collar and moustache stripe are white. Tail is black with white outer feathers and corners. Female lacks black.

Range and Habitat

Pallas's Bunting: This species is a native of Asia; it has been recorded as a resident on St. Lawrence Island and the extreme northwestern mainland of Alaska. This species frequents reed beds in wetlands, lakes, and can be found along streams in taiga and tundra habitats; they winter in grasslands and marshlands.

Breeding and Nesting

Pallas's Bunting: Four or five pink eggs with dark spots are laid in a cup nest made of grass and moss, and lined with finer materials. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out mostly by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Pallas's Bunting: Eats mainly seeds, especially in winter, but also takes insects; forages on the ground or low in shrubs.

Readily Eats

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


Pallas's Bunting: Song is a gentle warbling trill. Call is a soft "cheep" or "tsee-see."

Similar Species

Pallas's Bunting: Rare vagrant to western Alaska. Reed Bunting, also a rare vagrant to western Alaska, is larger and has heavier bill, rufous-brown upperparts with black streaks, and rufous-brown wing coverts in winter plumage.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
The upper front part of a bird.
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X