Rustic Bunting
Emberiza rustica

At a Glance

Several related species of buntings from Asia have strayed into Alaska. The most frequent of these, the Rustic Bunting, is a rare but almost regular migrant on the western Aleutians, mostly in spring, and shows up occasionally elsewhere in western Alaska. Fall and winter strays have also appeared at several points along the Pacific Coast south to California.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets, Tundra and Boreal Habitats
Flitter, Rapid Wingbeats

Range & Identification


6" (15 cm). Chunky and reddish brown. Male has black head with white eyebrow and throat; female's head pattern paler and duller. Underparts white, with reddish brown band across chest and streaks on sides.
About the size of a Sparrow, About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Broad, Long, Pointed
Tail Shape
Notched, Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Song a sweet, fluting warble recalling a longspur but more pure-toned. Call a very sharp, short, high tsic or tic.
Call Pattern
Complex, Rising, Undulating
Call Type
Chirp/Chip, Flute, Trill, Whistle