Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis) - HBW 16, p. 522

French: Bruant du Cap German: Kapammer Spanish: Escribano de El Cabo
Other common names: Southern Rock Bunting; Vincent’s Bunting (vincenti)

Taxonomy: Emberiza capensis Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Distinctive NE race vincenti sometimes treated as a separate species. Considerable geographical variation in plumage tone, but validity of large number of subspecies questionable; proposed race media (described from Deelfontein, in Northern Cape) is synonymized with cinnamomea. Eleven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nebularum (Rudebeck, 1958) - SW Angola.
  • bradfieldi (Roberts, 1928) - N & C Namibia.
  • capensis Linnaeus, 1766 - S Namibia S to SW South Africa (Western Cape).

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  • nebularum (Rudebeck, 1958) - SW Angola.
  • bradfieldi (Roberts, 1928) - N & C Namibia.
  • capensis Linnaeus, 1766 - S Namibia S to SW South Africa (Western Cape).
  • vinacea Clancey, 1963 - NE Northern Cape (South Africa).
  • cinnamomea (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1842) - S Northern Cape and Eastern Cape E to W Free State (South Africa).
  • vincenti (P. R. Lowe, 1932) - locally in highlands of SE Zambia, S Malawi, adjacent Mozambique and extreme SW Tanzania.
  • plowesi (Vincent, 1950) - NE Botswana and Zimbabwe (E to Nyange, in E highlands).
  • smithersii (Plowes, 1951) - Chimanimani Mts, in E Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
  • limpopoensis (Roberts, 1924) - SE Botswana and adjacent South Africa (North West and Limpopo Provinces).
  • basutoensis (Vincent, 1950) - breeds Lesotho highlands and adjacent E South Africa (W KwaZulu-Natal); post-breeding movement to lower elevations.
  • reidi (Shelley, 1902) - lowlands of Lesotho and E Free State E to W Swaziland and interior of KwaZulu-Natal.