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House Bunting - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Salé, Morocco, July 2005
Emberiza sahari


14cm (5½) in long

  • Chestnut body
  • Grey head with darker streaking

Female: head is brownish-grey with more diffuse streaking


Northwestern Africa


Formerly considered conspecific with Striolated Bunting.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

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


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.



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.


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


  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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