Category of Rock Bunting
Rock Bunting is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.
Breeding of Rock Bunting
Rock Bunting breeds in northwest Africa, southern Europe east to central Asia, and the Himalayas. It is partially migratory, with northern populations wintering further south, mainly within the breeding range of the resident southern populations. It is a rare wanderer to Western Europe.
Breeding Range of Rock Bunting
Rock Bunting breeds in open dry rocky mountainous areas.
Size of Rock Bunting
Rock Bunting is 16 cm in length.
Structure of Rock Bunting
The breeding male Rock Bunting has chestnut upperparts, unmarked deep buff under parts, and a pale grey head marked with black striping.
Behaviour of Rock Bunting
The female rock bunting is a washed-out version of the male, with paler under parts, a grey-brown back and a less contrasted head. The juvenile is similar to the female, but with a streaked head.
Races of Rock Bunting
There are four races differing mainly in the plumage shades, although the subspecies which breeds in Europe, Africa and western Turkey is the only one to show white wing bars.
Eggs of Rock Bunting
Rock Bunting lays three to five greyish eggs in a lined nest on the ground or occasionally in a low bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.
Song of Rock Bunting
The call of Rock Bunting is a sharp tseee, and the song is a twittering churrrr-chirrriiii-itt.