Cinnamon Breasted Bunting

Scientific Name:
Emberiza tahapisi
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Cinnamon Breasted Bunting

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi) is a small passerine bird species native to southern Africa.


Cinnamon-breasted Buntings are typically found in a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannas, scrublands, agricultural fields, and rocky areas. They prefer areas with scattered shrubs and bushes, where they can forage for seeds and insects on the ground and take cover when needed. These buntings are often seen in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including farmlands, pastures, and suburban areas.


Cinnamon-breasted Buntings are small birds, measuring approximately 12 to 14 centimeters (4.7 to 5.5 inches) in length. They have a relatively stout build with a short tail, a short, conical bill, and a distinctive cinnamon-colored breast and belly, which contrasts with the grayish-brown upperparts. Their plumage is cryptically colored, providing camouflage against their surroundings. Best Viewing The best places to view Cinnamon-breasted Buntings are in open habitats within their range. Look for them in grasslands, savannas, scrublands, and agricultural fields where they are commonly found. These buntings are often seen foraging for food on the ground, hopping between patches of vegetation and occasionally perching on low branches or fence posts.