Rock Bunting Emberiza cia   [Linnaeus, 1766]

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Date created: 23-January-2017

Order: Passeriformes Family: Emberizidae
BTO Codes: , ROCBU EURING No: 18600
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Least Concern
Global: Least Concern (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: ?cia recorded in Britain (of 6 subsp. in the world)
Length: 16 cm Wingspan: 24 cm Weight: M/F: 25 g    
Scientific name from: old German: embritz=bunting and Italian (Genovese) name for Rock Bunting (imitative of its call)
World Distribution: Locally in s Europe, Near East, c Asia
Habitat: Open scrub
Diet: Seeds, esp grasses, summer, invertebrates
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Records and Distribution

First Record: West Sussex, 1902 (Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 2 Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   North-east England: East Yorkshire (1965),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England:
   South-east England: Kent (1905), West Sussex (1902),
   South-west England:
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1967),

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Other Names

Western Rock Bunting
Gaelic: Welsh: Bras y Graig
Danish: Klippeværling Dutch: Grijze gors
Finnish: Vuorisirkku French: Bruant fou
German: Zippammer Hungarian: Bajszos sármány
Icelandic: Steintittlingur Irish:
Italian: Zigolo muciatto Norwegian: Klippespurv
Polish: Gluszek Portuguese: Cia
Spanish: Escribano montesino Swedish: Klippsparv

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