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Cinereous Bunting
Emberiza cineracea

Map of the common names


The Cinereous Bunting is one of Europe's least known breeding species. Small size (L 16 cm), very pale in colour but with a greenish-yellow tinge mainly on throat and head. Breeding bird of slopes with scarce vegetation , intermixed with shrubs and rocky outcrops at low altitudes. 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

In the EU, the breeding population is unlikely to exceed 100 pairs. The Cinereous Bunting is a very poorly studied species. However, its small population size, further development of tourism and large-scale changes in land use for agricultural development are potentially important threats.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : less than 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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