Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris) - HBW 16, p. 528

French: Bruant à poitrine dorée German: Gelbbauchammer Spanish: Escribano Pechidorado
Other common names: African Golden-breasted Bunting, Yellow-bellied Bunting, Yellow-breasted Bunting(!)

Taxonomy: Emberiza flaviventris Stephens, 1815, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with E. poliopleura. Geographical limits between some races disputed; proposed races kalaharica (described from Tsotsoronga Pan, in NE Botswana) and carychroa (Langata Forest, in SC Kenya) here included within nominate. Designated type locality of species may well be in error, as there is no evidence that the species ever occurred this far W. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flavigaster Cretzschmar, 1828 - Sahel from Mauritania E to N Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • flaviventris Stephens, 1815 - S Sudan S through SC & E Africa to Botswana and South Africa.
  • princeps Clancey & Winterbottom, 1960 - S Angola and Namibia.