Grey-necked Bunting

Emberiza buchanani

(E. b. cerrutii)

Armenian Name: Ժայռային դրախտապան
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Grey-necked Bunting

See Plate 54 for Grey-necked Bunting and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:15-16 cm, Wing Span:24-27 cm
Distribution Map: Map 309.
Adult: Blue-gray head, pale yellowish-white eyering, yellowish throat and mustache; underparts pale brown-orange with paler mottling. Female is duller and faintly streaked.
Juvenile: Brown-gray, finely streaked above; whitish mustache and throat.
Similar Species: Adult differs from adult Ortolan Bunting by mottled breast lacking gray band. Juvenile differs from juvenile Ortolan by whitish mustache.
Behavior: Flies to springs to drink and bathe.
Habitat: Arid rocky mountain slopes.
Food: Seeds, some invertebrates.
Nest: Loose cup of dry plants on ground under overhanging rocks.
Eggs: 20 mm, 5-6, white, brown and black spots.