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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting / Rock Bunting

Afrikaans name: Klipstreepkoppie

Male Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

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Emberiza tahapisi

Although this species is not as pretty as its cousing, the Golden-breasted Bunting, the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is still an attractive species. Male and female are similar in colour but the male has more black on its head and throat than the female.

This species is common over most of South Africa but is absent from coastal and arid regions. It is often seen on the ground in areas with sparse grass, as well as savanna and woodland.

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, which is also known as the Rock Bunting, feeds on seeds and insects which it finds on the ground. It does sometimes take termite alates in flight.

They make their nest on the ground near the cover of a rock or clump of grass. The nest is sometimes placed in a crack in some rocks. Between 2 and 4 eggs are laid and both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.

Female Emberiza tahapisi

The female has less extensive black than the male

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 19

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 123

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 77

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 228

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 189

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 790

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 790

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 446

List of South African Birds

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