Rock Bunting

Emberiza cia

(E. c. prageri)

Armenian Name: Լեռնային դրախտապան
Rock Bunting

See Plate 54 for Rock Bunting and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:16 cm, Wing Span:21.5-27 cm
Distribution Map: Map 308.
Description: Male: brown-orange body with black streaks above. Head and neck pale gray with black face and crown stripes, and white supercilium. Female duller with fine black streaks on head and breast.
Juvenile: Dull brown with extensive fine streaking; narrow blackish face stripes.
Similar Species: Differs from other buntings by bold head stripes, brown-orange rump, and in flight, mostly white outertail feathers.
Behavior: Often feeds along edges of roads; perches on rock or bush.
Habitat: Arid mountain slopes, open juniper woodland, semidesert.
Food: Seeds, invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of grass on ground or rarely in shrub.
Eggs: 21 mm, 5-6, grayish-white, brown-black lines.