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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Golden-breasted Bunting

Afrikaans name: Rooirugstreepkoppie

Golden-breasted Buntings spend a lot of time on the ground

The Golden-breasted Bunting is often seen on the ground

Photo © Steven Herbert

Emberiza flaviventris

The Golden-breasted Bunting is found in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa it is found in most of the eastern and northern portions of the country.

It is found in woodland and savanna and other more open bushveld areas.

Seeds form the major portion of the Golden-breasted Buntings diet but it does eat some insects.

Golden-breasted Buntings spend a lot of time on the ground

Photo © Steven Herbert

They make a nest in a fork in a bush or tree. Up to 5 eggs are laid.

The Golden-breasted Bunting is a beautiful and attractive bird. It can often be seen alongside the road in bushveld game reserves although it tends to keep its back towards you.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 18

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 122

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 788

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 788

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

List of South African Birds

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