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Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia



Cretzschmar's Bunting (Emberiza caesia) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the Levant. It is migratory, wintering in Sudan and northern Eritrea. It is a very rare wanderer to western Europe.

Cretzschmar's Bunting breeds on sunny open hillsides with some bushes. It is mainly coastal or insular, and often breeds at lower levels than the closely related ortolan bunting where both occur. It lays four to six eggs in a ground nest. Its natural food consists of seeds and when feeding young, insects.

This bird is smaller than ortolan. The breeding male has a grey head with orange moustaches. The upperparts are brown and heavily streaked, except on the rump, and the underparts are rusty orange. The stout bill is pink.

Females and young birds have a weaker head pattern, and are more similar to ortolans. They can be distinguished by the warm brown rump and white eye-ring.

The English name commemorates the German physician and scientist Philipp Jakob Cretzschmar who founded the Senckenberg Natural History Museum. The genus name Emberiza is from Old German Embritz, a bunting. The specific caesias is from Latin caesius, "bluish-grey"

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
Range map
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Length: 16 cm
Wingspan: 25 cm
Weight:
Longevity:
Female / Male / Juvenile

• Breeding male
   - Brown, streaked above
   - Rust orange below
   - Grey head
   - Orange moustachial stripe
   - Pink, stout bill

• Female
   - Weaker head pattern
   - Brown rump
   - White eye ring

From opus at www.birdforum.net


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Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



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

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 17 March 2021
Location: eBird hotspot Cape Greco, Cyprus


Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
17 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Cape Greco, Cyprus

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
20 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Anarita Park, Cyprus

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia
21 March 2021 - eBird hotspot Meneou Pools, Cyprus



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