Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans)
French: Bruant élégant
Spanish: Escribano Elegante
Other common names: Elegant/Yellow-headed Bunting
Taxonomy: Emberiza elegans Temminck, 1836, Japan.
Sometimes placed in a separate genus, Cristemberiza. Recent phylogenetic analyses indicate that this is a sister-species of Latoucheornis siemsseni. Geographical variation not fully understood and complicated further because descriptions of some proposed races were based on individuals in passage; further study required. Proposed race ticehursti (described from Sidemi R, in S Ussuriland) included within nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- elegans Temminck, 1836 - breeds from Russian Far East and NE China to Korea and Tsushima I (SW Japan); winters mainly in Korea, S Japan and SE China.
- elegantula Swinhoe, 1870 - breeds in C China (S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan); winter records S to NE Myanmar.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 13 videos
Yellow-throated Bunting, adult male singing on territory, frontal view. Locality Zushan Forest Park, Old Peak, Hebei, China (Northern)
Mark Andrews 19 May 2010 2 years ago 17 sec 3.3
Male winter resident bird eating insects off of dead log and dry shoots Locality Rokko Mountain Range, Hyogo Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
Charles McHugh 4 January 2011 2 years ago 53 sec 3.3
A bird in non-breeding plumage feeding on a reed and looking around. Locality Miike Crater Lake, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp elegans)
Josep del Hoyo 28 January 2010 2 years ago 24 sec 3.3
A bird in non-breeding plumage perched and feeding on a reed. Locality Miike Crater Lake, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp elegans)
Josep del Hoyo 28 January 2010 2 years ago 22 sec 3.3
A bird bathing in a small stream and flying away Locality Beijing Botanic Gardens, Beijing, China (Northern) (ssp elegans)
Keith Blomerley 20 November 2007 5 years ago 22 sec 3.3
two birds foraging on ground Locality Chosun Beach, Busan, Gyeongsang Province, South Korea (ssp elegans)
Martin Kennewell 15 February 2008 1 year ago 30 sec 3
PhotosSee all 14 photos
Male feeding on the ground
Locality Moxi Town, Luding County, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp elegantula)
auf 19 April 2012 46 weeks ago 3.4
Yellow-throated Bunting, 1st winter female, lateral view.
Locality Beidaihe, Hebei, China (Northern)
Mark Andrews 3 November 2007 3 years ago 3.4
Yellow-throated Bunting, adult female, lateral view.
Locality Hebei, China (Northern)
Mark Andrews 1 May 2005 3 years ago 3.4
Locality Korea National Arboretum (Gwangneung), Jikdong-ri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 15 May 2010 1 year ago 2.8
A female found in Japan during migration season.
Locality Ishikawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
kasia.someya 6 May 2010 2 years ago 2.7
A bird on a branch.
Locality Ussuriysk Reserve, Primorsky Krai, Eastern Russia, Russia (ssp elegans)
Josep del Hoyo 6 June 2009 3 years ago 2.5