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Gosling's Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Photo by UlfL
Niamey, Niger, October 2007
Emberiza goslingi


Length 15 cm, mass 15 g
Adult male: Head boldly striped black and white; mantle to upper tail coverts cinnamon with dark brown markings.Tail and flight feathers dark brown, edged cinnamon. Underparts cinnamon.
Adult female: Similar to the male, but paler; above less reddish.


West and Central Africa: From southern Mauritania to southern Senegal, east to southeastern Chad, northeastern Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, and northwestern South Sudan; possibly also extreme northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly included in Cinnamon-breasted Bunting.


Rocky and eroded areas and croplands, favoring patches of bare soil.


Some birds migrate but patterns of movement are not clear, others are resident. Solitary, in pairs, or in small groups.


Forages on the ground for seeds and insects.


A pleasant twitter.


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  2. Avibase
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