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Black-faced Bunting, Emberiza spodocephala personata, アオジ

The black-faced bunting (Emberiza spodocephala) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

The genus name Emberiza is from Old German Embritz, a bunting. The specific spodocephala is from Ancient Greek spodos, "ashes", and kephalos, "headed".

It breeds in southern Siberia across to northern China and northern Japan. It is migratory, wintering in north-east India, southern China and northern south-east Asia. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

Black-faced Bunting, Emberiza spodocephala personata, アオジ

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The black-faced bunting breeds in dense undergrowth along streams and rivers in the taiga zone, and lays four or five eggs in a ground or tree nest. Its natural food consists of seeds, and when feeding young, insects. It winters close to water in agricultural or other open bushy habitats.

This bird's general appearance and terrestrial feeding habits give the impression of a dunnock with a bunting's bill. It is similar in size to a reed bunting at about 16 cm long. The breeding male has a dark grey head with a mix of yellow green and black between the bill and eye.

The upperparts are brown and heavily streaked with black, except on the rump. The rump is brown and the tail is also a dark brown. The underparts are yellowish white with some fine dark brown flank streaks. The stout bill is pink.

Length: 16 cm
Wingspan: -
Weight: 13-27 g
Longevity: -
Distinctive Feature
Similar Species
• Yellow Bunting has planer face and more prominent wing-bars. Reed Bunting and Pallas's Reed Bunting lack the yellow underparts and heavy pinkish bill.

Winter plumage of continental populations recall Reed Bunting, but have face and sides of neck grey, also suggesting Dunnock.

From opus at the forum for wild birds and birding.

Females and young birds have a weaker head pattern, with olive-grey cheeks and a weak creamy white supercilium. The underparts are creamy yellow heavily streaked with dark brown.

The bird's call is like a tzii or tzee. It sound very "metallic" and it is a very short and not exactly a song at all. It nests on trees or on the ground and lays about four to five eggs.

Listen to the Black-faced Bunting

Listen to the Black-faced Bunting

Conservation status
Black-faced Bunting, Emberiza spodocephala personata, アオジ
Least Concern IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.
International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 10 April 2019
Location: Akigase Park / Sakuraso Park, Saitama

Black-faced Bunting, Emberiza spodocephala personata, アオジ
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