Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi) - HBW 16, p. 522

French: Bruant cannelle German: Bergammer Spanish: Escribano Canelo
Other common names: Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, African Rock Bunting

Taxonomy: Emberiza tahapisi A. Smith, 1836, “country towards the sources of the Vaal River”, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Race septemstriata sometimes thought to be a hybrid between nominate and goslingi. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • goslingi (Alexander, 1906) - Mauritania and Senegal E to Cameroon, NE DRCongo and SW Sudan.
  • septemstriata Rüppell, 1837 - E Sudan and N & C Ethiopia E to Eritrea and NW Somalia.
  • arabica (Lorenz von Liburnau & Hellmayr, 1902) - S Arabia.

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  • goslingi (Alexander, 1906) - Mauritania and Senegal E to Cameroon, NE DRCongo and SW Sudan.
  • septemstriata Rüppell, 1837 - E Sudan and N & C Ethiopia E to Eritrea and NW Somalia.
  • arabica (Lorenz von Liburnau & Hellmayr, 1902) - S Arabia.
  • insularis (Ogilvie-Grant & H. O. Forbes, 1899) - Socotra I.
  • tahapisi A. Smith, 1836 - S Ethiopia S through E Africa to SE South Africa; also locally in Angola, and S Gabon E to S DRCongo.
  • nivenorum (Winterbottom, 1965) - S Angola S to C Namibia.