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;[[:Category:Emberiza|Emberiza]] cia ;[[:Category:Emberiza|Emberiza]] cia
==Identification== ==Identification==
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'''Vagrants''' recorded north to [[Britain]], [[Sweden]], [[Poland]] and [[Germany]], also [[Malta]], [[Cyprus]], [[Libya]] and [[Kuwait]]. '''Vagrants''' recorded north to [[Britain]], [[Sweden]], [[Poland]] and [[Germany]], also [[Malta]], [[Cyprus]], [[Libya]] and [[Kuwait]].
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
-Subspecies Nominate'' cia'' is found over most of range with slightly larger and paler ''par'' in Crimea and Caucasus, more heavily streaked with buff rump. Various other races have been described but differences are very slight.+====Subspecies<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>====
 +*''E. c. cia'':
 +:*Iberian Peninsula and southern [[Europe]] to western [[Asia Minor]] and Northern [[Africa]]
 +*''E. c. hordei'':
 +:*[[Greece]], central [[Asia Minor]] and Levant
 +*''E. c. prageri'': larger, paler and more heavily streaked with a buff rump than nominate
 +:*[[Crimea]], [[Caucasus]], north-eastern [[Turkey]] and north-western [[Iran]]
 +*''E. c. par'':
 +:*North and central [[Iran]] to [[Pakistan]], north-western [[India]] and southern Altai Mountains
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
Dry rocky hillsides with sparse vegetation, sometimes vineyards and olive groves, juniper scrub and subalpine meadows, crags and ruins. Often at fairly high altitude and reaches 4000m in parts of range, usually under 1500m in Europe. Dry rocky hillsides with sparse vegetation, sometimes vineyards and olive groves, juniper scrub and subalpine meadows, crags and ruins. Often at fairly high altitude and reaches 4000m in parts of range, usually under 1500m in Europe.
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''[[Media:Emberiza cia (song).mp3|Listen in an external program]]'' ''[[Media:Emberiza cia (song).mp3|Listen in an external program]]''
==References== ==References==
-#Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3+#{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
#Collins Field Guide 5th Edition #Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
 +{{ref}}
==External Links== ==External Links==
{{GSearch|Emberiza_cia}} {{GSearch|Emberiza_cia}}
[[Category:Birds]][[Category:Emberiza]][[Category:Bird Songs]] [[Category:Birds]][[Category:Emberiza]][[Category:Bird Songs]]

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Emberiza cia

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Identification

15.5cm
Grey bill
Longish thin tail
Male: Reddish-brown upperparts, white-outer tail feathers, stripey grey-and-black head pattern.
Female and Juvenile: duller with streaked crown, breast and flanks

Distribution

Breeds throughout Iberia except on Mediterranean coast, southern France in the Massif Central and Alps of Switzerland, north in Germany along the Rhine and east into Austria. In Italy breeds in the Apennines and in northern Sicily and also breeds from Slovenia to Greece and east to Romania and Bulgaria and in the Carpathians in Slovakia and north & central Hungary. Breeds across much of Turkey to the Caucasus and southern Crimea, in the Middle East south to northern Israel. In North Africa breeds from central Morocco to north Tunisia.

Northern birds may be partially migratory but most are resident or altitudinal migrants. Rare winter visitor to Iraq.

Vagrants recorded north to Britain, Sweden, Poland and Germany, also Malta, Cyprus, Libya and Kuwait.

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

  • E. c. cia:
  • E. c. hordei:
  • E. c. prageri: larger, paler and more heavily streaked with a buff rump than nominate
  • E. c. par:
  • North and central Iran to Pakistan, north-western India and southern Altai Mountains

Habitat

Dry rocky hillsides with sparse vegetation, sometimes vineyards and olive groves, juniper scrub and subalpine meadows, crags and ruins. Often at fairly high altitude and reaches 4000m in parts of range, usually under 1500m in Europe.

Behaviour

Flicks tail open when on the ground feeding.

Breeding

They nest on, or near, the ground.

Vocalisation

Call: includes weak zeet and thin seee.


Listen in an external program

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Birdwatchers Pocket Guide ISBN 1-85732-804-3
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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