A photo of a House Bunting (Emberiza sahari), male
House Bunting, Male

House Bunting

Emberiza sahari

The house bunting (Emberiza sahari) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is a resident breeder of dry country from northwestern Africa from Morocco south to Mali and east to Chad. In Morocco, the species has expanded from the Atlas Mountains northwards since the 1960s, and has recently reached Tangier and Tétouan on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. The house bunting breeds around human habitation, laying two to four eggs in a nest in a hole in a wall or building. Its natural food consists seeds, or when feeding young, insects. It is 14 cm long, similar in size to the striolated bunting and smaller than the rock bunting. The breeding male has a sandy orange-brown body and a grey head slightly dark-streaked but without the white supercilium that the striolated bunting has. The female's head has a brown tint to the grey, and more diffused streaking. The house bunting has recently been split from the closely related striolated bunting, of which it used to be treated as a subspecies, Emberiza striolata sahari. The striolated bunting has stronger facial striping and a paler belly than the house bunting. The incubation period of the clutch of three eggs is 12–14 days. The song, given from a perch, is similar to but weaker than that of the common chaffinch.
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Stu S
Wednesday 13 Sep 2023 - 11:46am
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A photo of a House Bunting photographed in Oued Ziz--Tillicht Morocco
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Moflets pajaru trainer
Tuesday 22 Aug 2023 - 6:27pm
A photo of a House Bunting photographed in Riad Shalimar Morocco
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Powell Ettinger
Saturday 19 Aug 2023 - 3:51pm
A photo of a House Bunting photographed in Casa Lila Morocco
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Will Leedham
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