No.610 Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioides

L=17cm

Rank : 1
Resident :
Common resident in open lowlands, fields and riverbanks throughout the year. Chestnut crown, black face (brown in Female), white eyebrow, malar area, and throat. During the breeding season, Male is often seen singing on the tip of tall grass and exposed perch; sometimes the bird sings in autumn, too. There are some kinds of onomatopoeia of the birdfs song replaced with meaningful Japanese words, e.g. ggenpei-tutuji, shiro-tutujih literally meaning gGenpei azalea, white azaleah; gIppitsu-keijou-tsukamatsuri-soroh gThis is to inform you thath; and gSapporo ramen, miso ramenh gSapporo noodles, Bean-paste noodlesh. Call is clear and metallic chi-chi, different from monosyllabic tzit or tzee of Black-faced Bunting.
Photograph (click to enlarge)

Adult‰

AdultŠ

Singing

Carrying food