The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting / Rock Bunting

Afrikaans name: Klipstreepkoppie

Male Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

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Emberiza tahapisi

Although this species is not as pretty as its cousing, the Golden-breasted Bunting, the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is still an attractive species. Male and female are similar in colour but the male has more black on its head and throat than the female.

This species is common over most of South Africa but is absent from coastal and arid regions. It is often seen on the ground in areas with sparse grass, as well as savanna and woodland.

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, which is also known as the Rock Bunting, feeds on seeds and insects which it finds on the ground. It does sometimes take termite alates in flight.

They make their nest on the ground near the cover of a rock or clump of grass. The nest is sometimes placed in a crack in some rocks. Between 2 and 4 eggs are laid and both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.

Female Emberiza tahapisi

The female has less extensive black than the male

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 446

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 62

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 188

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 67

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 372

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 52

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 790

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 410

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 790

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 615

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 467

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 602

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 442

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 442

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 118

More Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 29

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 330

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 189

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 228

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 84

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 77

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 121

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 277

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 19

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 19

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 123

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 228

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 292

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 329

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