Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea) - HBW 16, p. 516

French: Bruant cendré German: Türkenammer Spanish: Escribano Cinéreo
Other common names: Grey-headed/Ashy-headed Bunting

Taxonomy: Emberiza cineracea C. L. Brehm, 1855, Izmir, Turkey.
Forms a species group with E. buchanani, E. hortulana and E. caesia. Observations of apparent intermediate individuals on passage indicates that races intergrade in some unknown part of range. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cineracea C. L. Brehm, 1855 - breeds SW Turkey and adjacent E Greek islands of Skyros, Lesbos and Chios; winters in Sudan, Eritrea and S Saudi Arabia.
  • semenowi Zarudny, 1904 - breeds SE Turkey and SW Iran; probably winters SW Arabia.