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Bunting, Golden-breasted

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Bunting, Golden-breasted

Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:40 pm

Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris)

Other names
Afrikaans: Rooirugstreepkoppie
Dutch: goudborstgors, Acacia-gors
French: Bruant à poitrine dorée
German: Gelbbauchammer
Portuguese: Escrevedeira-de-peito-dourado

Scientific classification
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Emberiza

A colourful bird (15-16cm) found in pairs in open woodlands and bushveld, often with stony ground cover. Its striking head pattern along with chestnut mantle and a rich yellow breast washed with orange are easily distinguished from other buntings and finches. It also has a distinct notch in its tail-tip. In flight, it may be distinguished by its white wing bars.
It's call sounds like 'pret-ty-boyeee' followed by mate with sitee and it's song, given year-round a whistled toodletee, chipchipchip or chipchee, choy or chokchok-chwee, rrrech, chip chip terrr, much repeated.

Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa, but absent from western Africa. Widespread in Southern Africa except for southern and westen Namibia, south-western Kalahari, semi-arid and arid Karoo and Western Cape fynbos.

Habitat: Savannas, woodlands, dry woodlands along rivers, tall shrubland on stony or rocky ground, edges of croplands and exotic plantations.

General Habits: This is an unobtrusive bird, but not particularly shy. Can be found solitary, in pairs or family groups in breeding season.

Foraging and food: Forages on ground and in canopy of shrubs and small trees. Eats flower buds, seeds and insects, including small grasshoppers, beetles, termites and ants.

Breeding: Monogamous, solitary nester. The nest is fairly deep, loosely built cup of grass stems pliable plant stems and tendrils and leaf petioles. It is lined with fine rootlets and hair, frequently long hairs from the tails of cattle. Laying dates: Sept/Oct-Feb/Apr.

Status: Common resident.

Conservation: Not threatened, although captured illegally for cage-bird trade.
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one of my goldenbreasts!

Unread postby paulbright » Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:04 pm

got this shot at S37 near Satara.


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Unread postby jonty1 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:11 pm

Looooovvvve this bird. i saw my first one on 11/7/07. Saw it on the H1-3 just before Tshokwane picknic spot.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:07 pm

Saw one this afternoon in PTA. Beautiful bird indeed.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:39 pm

Saw them in Addo last week, but could not get a pic.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:27 pm

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Re: Bunting, Golden-breasted

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:20 am

Seen on the H3
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Re: Bunting, Golden-breasted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:36 pm

Golden-Breasted Bunting(Male)...Seen along the Crocodile River!

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Re: Bunting, Golden-breasted

Unread postby jonty1 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:35 am

Saw this little guy on the S120 last weekend :)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:02 pm

Hello Guys

Just came back from Kruger. Satata, Tamboti, Pretoriuskop area, got a few unknowns and confirmations.

3. - Pretoriuskop
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:13 pm

3. Golden-breasted Bunting.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:22 pm

3. Golden breasted bunting
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:05 pm

Okay I haven't checked any books or references yet, but here is what I get at first glance:

3. Golden-breasted Bunting


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