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 Post subject: Bunting, Golden-breasted
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:40 pm 
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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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 Post subject: one of my goldenbreasts!
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got this shot at S37 near Satara.


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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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Saw one this afternoon in PTA. Beautiful bird indeed.

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Saw them in Addo last week, but could not get a pic.

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 Post subject: Re: Bunting, Golden-breasted
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Seen on the H3
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 Post subject: Re: Bunting, Golden-breasted
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Golden-Breasted Bunting(Male)...Seen along the Crocodile River!

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 Post subject: Re: Bunting, Golden-breasted
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Saw this little guy on the S120 last weekend :)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hello Guys

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

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

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

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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