Yellow-breasted Bunting

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Common Name: Yellow-breasted Bunting
Scientific Name: Emberiza aureola

Size: 5 ½ inches (14 cm)

Habitat: Eurasia. Summer Range: Finland and Russia. Winter Range: Southern China and India. Breeds in wet meadows with tall vegetation and scattered scrub, riverside thickets, and secondary scrub. Winters in large flocks in cultivated areas, rice fields, reed beds, and grasslands.

Status: Vulnerable due habitat destruction and human disturbances to nesting areas. Estimated 2007 Population: 2,200+

Diet: Seeds and some insects.

Nesting: 4-6 eggs are laid in a ground nest.

Cool Facts: The European stronghold for this species has always been on the shores of Liminka Bay near Oulu in Finland but even here the population has crashed to less than 10 pairs in 1995, of which two pairs could be found near the World Wildlife Fund Information Centre. Further singing males are usually found in small numbers at scattered sites in southeast Finland. They may arrive as late as mid-June and depart again from late July onwards. The major population nests in Siberia.


Found in Songbird ReMix Threatened Endangered Extinct 2

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