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Birdwatching in Middle East


The Striolated Bunting (Emberiza striolata) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae

Distribution and habitat
It is a resident breeder of dry country from the Canary Islands, east through south-west Asia to north-western India.

It breeds in remote wadis (not around human habitation like the related house bunting), usually close to streams, laying two to four eggs in a nest on the ground or in a hole in the ground. Its natural food consists of seeds, or when feeding young, insects.

Striolated Bunting, Emberiza striolata

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Description
It is 14 cm long, similar in size to the house bunting and smaller than the similarly plumaged rock bunting. The breeding male has a chestnut body, and grey head with darker streaking and a white supercilium and moustachial streak. The female's head has a brown tint to the grey, and more diffused streaking.

Length: 12 cm
Wingspan: 22-26 cm
Weight: 12-16 g
Longevity:
Distinctive Feature
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Similar Species
The song, given from a perch, is similar, but weaker than, that of the common chaffinch.


The Striolated Bunting has stronger facial striping and a paler belly than the north African house bunting, which used to be considered conspecific as the subspecies E. striolata sahari. Birds in eastern Chad (E. striolata jebelmarrae) show some evidence of intergradation with the house bunting.

The song, given from a perch, is similar, but weaker than, that of the common chaffinch.

Listen to the Striolated Bunting

Remarks from the Recordist

Bird flying overhead in arid hills East of Muscat. Recording equipment: Telinga Pro 7 Stereo Dat Mic, Sounddevices 702




Remarks from the Recordist

Adult male singing from a rocky mountainside in arid hills East of Muscat. Recording equipment: Telinga Pro 7 Stereo Dat Mic, Sounddevices 702


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Behaviour
Breeding
The breeding range of the bird in India has been noted in recent times to include more southerly locations such as near Saswad near Pune. The incubation period of the clutch of three eggs is 14 days.

Conservation status
Striolated Bunting, Emberiza striolata
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 27 November 2018
Location: Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman


Striolated Bunting, Emberiza striolata
Striolated Bunting - Wadi Shawka, Ra's al-Khaimah - 30 November 2018

Striolated Bunting, Emberiza striolata
Striolated Bunting - Wadi Shawka, Ra's al-Khaimah - 30 November 2018



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