Scientific Name: Emberiza melanocephala
Malay Name: Pipit-Belukar Besar
Chinese Name: 黑头鹀
Range: Breeding range include southeastern Europe to Iran and southwestern Pakistan and typically winters in western India.
Size: 15.5-17.5 cm
Identification: Challenging to separate females and juveniles from Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps), features that have been used to separate the two include the degree of crown streaking (more streaked), rump colour (less yellow), bill structure (larger), and primary projection (longer).
Habitat: Found in open habitats with dense vegetation, including open fields and scrub forests.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on invertebrates and plant material, typically forages on ground or low in vegetation.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
- Bird List Revision for March 2019 (Revisions)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Emberiza melanocephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22720990A89314245.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Black-headed Bunting. Retrieved on December 1, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/black-headed-bunting.