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Cretzschmar's Bunting
Emberiza caesia

Map of the common names


Like other buntings in size (L 16 cm), but recognised by its blue-grey head and rusty-coloured throat. The species inhabits barren, rocky hillsides or open scrub, often near gardens.The diet seems to be principally seeds and small invertebrates. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The species is adversely affected by habitat degradation and hunting.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 5,000 / 15,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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