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Cabanis's Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies orientalis
Photo by volker sthamer
Lushoto, Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, September 2016
Emberiza cabanisi


16–17 cm (6¼-6¾ in) Male

  • Dark crown
  • White supercilium
  • Dark, heavily streaked upperparts
  • Yellow underparts


Western Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC and Angola.
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi.
Southern Africa: found only in Zimbabwe.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • E. c. cabanisi:
  • E. c. orientalis:

An addition subspecies cognominata is generally considered invalid[2].


Dry broad leafed forest and wooded savanna.



Their diet consists mostly of insects, especially grasshoppers and grass seeds. They also eat insect larvae, including beetle.


Dictionary_M-O#Monogamous. The female builds the nest.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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