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Vincent's Bunting

Emberiza vincenti

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A dull-backed bunting with a chestnut shoulder patch, boldly striped head, white throat, and dark gray chest tending towards black on the belly. Pairs and small groups are local residents, preferring scrub and aloes mixed with dry grass amongst boulders, granite cliff-faces, and rocky mountains between 900–2000m, where they mostly hop on the ground searching for food. The song is variable but is typically a series of strident short 5–6 note “chet-shwit-set-chwit-chet-swit” and the distinctive call is a nasal rising “neeh-neerh-neeeerh-neh”, or similar. Cinnamon-breasted Bunting differs from Vincent’s Bunting by having chestnut underparts, and a black throat.

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