Golden-Breasted Bunting

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Identification:

15-16cm
Male:
White crown
Black lateral crown stripes
White supercilium
Black-bordered white ear coverts
Orange-yellow underparts
Yellow throat
Whitish lower belly
Chestnut upperparts
Grey rump
Brown wings with two white wing bars
Sexes are very similar, but females – buff tone to head, browner head stripes, and the back may have dark streaks.
Young birds are duller and paler than the females.

Habitat:

Dry open woodlands.

Behaviour:

It is normally seen alone, in pairs or small groups.

Diet:

A ground feeder, the diet includes seeds, insects and spiders and sometimes larger creatures when the birds have young to feed.

Breeding:

They build a cup nest lined with fine grass or hair low in a shrub. The 2-3 glossy, black-lined, white or cream eggs are incubated for 12-13 days; the young fledge in another 16-17 days.

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