Crested Bunting Emberiza lathami
(aka Melophus lathami)
Male Crested Bunting, Shemgang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Shemgang, Bhutan
March 2008

The Crested Bunting is distributed in the foothills of the Himalayas from Pakistan to south-east China and south to central India, Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It is found on rocky and grassy hillsides.

The male, seen here, has a bluish-black head and body with a prominent crest. The wings and tail are chestnut. The female has buffy brown with dark streaks replacing the blue-black but also has chestnut wings and tail.

There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional information available via Avibase.
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