- Pallas's Reed Bunting
name = Pallas's Reed Bunting
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "
species = "E. pallasi"
binomial = "Emberiza pallasi"
binomial_authority = (Cabanis, 1851)The Pallas's Reed Bunting, "Emberiza pallasi", is a
passerine birdin the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.
It breeds across northern and central
Asiaacross to Mongolia. It is a migrant, which winters in south east Asia. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, but has occurred as far west as Great Britain.
It is common in
tundrascrub by water, and also breeds in drier open areas such as open larch forest.
The Pallas's Reed Bunting is a small passerine bird, similar to a small
Reed Bunting. It has a small seed-eater's bill. The male has a black head and throat, white neck collar and underparts, and a heavily streaked grey back (Reed Bunting has a browner back). The female is much duller, with a streaked brown head. It is less streaked below than female Reed Bunting.
The song of the cock is a repetitive "sherp".
Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The nest is in a bush. 2-5 eggs are laid, which show the hair-like markings characteristic of those of buntings.
This bird is named after the German zoologist
Peter Simon Pallas.
* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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