Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus

(E. s. caspia, E. s. schoeniclus, E. s. ukrainae )

Armenian Name: Եղեգնուտի դրախտապան
Reed Bunting

See Plate 54 for Reed Bunting and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:15-16.5 cm, Wing Span:21-28 cm
Distribution Map: Map 312.
Adult (Breeding): Male has black head and bib, white mustache and collar. Female has pale brown-yellow supercilium, white mustache, black border to brown ear coverts, streaked brown crown, and dark malar stripe.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes like breeding female but paler overall.
Similar Species: Differs from other buntings by head pattern and white belly.
Behavior: Often forms flocks in winter.
Habitat: Marshes; riverside willow thickets.
Food: Invertebrates, plant matter.
Nest: Cup of sedges and grasses on ground or on side of tussock.
Eggs: 20 mm, 4-5, gray, dark spots.