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House Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Salé, Morocco, July 2005
Emberiza sahari

Identification

14cm (5½) in long
Male:

  • Chestnut body
  • Grey head with darker streaking

Female: head is brownish-grey with more diffuse streaking

Distribution

Northwestern Africa

Taxonomy

Formerly considered conspecific with Striolated Bunting.

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • E. s. sahari:
  • E. s. sanghae :
  • Southern Mali (Mopi region)

Habitat

Strongly commensal with man (even more so than e.g. House Sparrow), frequently living inside buildings in villages, towns and cities and subsisting largely on scraps from tables; also often feeds in irrigated fields. Original natural habitat probably rocky substratum, dry scrub, thorn forests, mountain sides.

Behaviour

Breeding

The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs which is laid in a nest built in a hole in a wall or building, on light fittings inside shops, etc. Incubation is 14 days.

Diet

The diet consits mostly of seeds, however insects are fed to the young.

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. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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