Appearance Golden-breasted Bunting are small, 6" (15cm) birds. They have distictive black and white striped heads, with a bright yellow throat and underparts and a grey rump. The breast has some orange in it. A red-brown mantle, streaked with darker brown and the wings have broad white bars. The tail has white edges. Its sides are grey. The female is duller than the male.
Habits Golden-breasted Buntings are normally seen alone or in pairs, foraging on the ground, or singing from high branches. It is a confiding bird in suburban areas.
Diet Golden-breasted Buntings are seed eaters, their bills being slightly separated in the middle, making it easier to deal with their food.
Resident Golden-breasted Buntings are commonly seen in Acacia woodlands, forest edges and sububan gardens with plenty of trees. To be found in the west and centre of Kenya, in highland areas between 1,400 > 2,200 metres, from Meru down to Kilimanjaro, except the Lake Victoria basin.
Extra Golden-breasted Buntings Facts Golden-breasted Bunting males are the ones that sing - a single repeated, variable phrase of "chit~chit~oooh, chit~chit~oooh" or "cherRY~cherRY~cherRY" and others. Golden-breasted Buntings are in the species of 'Old World Buntings'. The 'old world' is what Europeans knew before contact with the Americas.
Photographs Photographed at Kenya's Nairobi National Park.
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