Black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

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The Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. Emberiza melanocephala

This bird is 15 cm long, larger than Reed Bunting, and long-tailed. The breeding male has bright yellow underparts, chestnut upperparts and a black hood. The female is a washed-out version of the male, with paler underparts, a grey-brown back and a greyish head. The juvenile is similar but the vent is yellow, and both can be difficult to separate from the corresponding plumages of the closely related Red-headed Bunting although the Black-headed tends to have the cheeks darker than the throat. First year males have a grey crown and the back has patches of chestnut and grey. First year females can be difficult to separate from female Red-headed Buntings although having more streaking on the crown than on the lower back. The vent is yellow.

Easy to find in spring – summer in dry area of the Dobrogea.

photo: Mihai BACIU


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