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Grey-necked Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies E. b. cerrutii
Photo © by Bjorn Svensson
Theran, Iran, May 2005

Alternative name: Grey-hooded Bunting

Emberiza buchanani


Nominate subspecies
Photo © by S K Gudi
Hubli, Karnataka, India, February 2018

16 cm (6 in)

  • Light pink bill
  • Whitish eye-ring


Middle East, Asia
Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Asia: Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Pakistan, India, Western Himalayas



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • E. b. cerrutii:
  • E. b. buchanani:
  • E. b. neobscura:


Tree-less rocky mountain slopes, high plateaux and ravines with clumps of grass and weeds.



Their diet consists of a variety of seeds and plants.


  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 November 2015)

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