Cinnamon-breasted Bunting ( Emberiza tahapisi, family: fringillidae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Rock Bunting

cinnamon breasted bunting kruger national park birds The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Latin name Emberiza tahapisi) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 886 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 1134 also a picture of the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting on page 1121. The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting belongs to the family of birds classified as fringillidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is also known by these other names: Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, Chestnut-breasted Bunting, Seven-striped BuntingSouthern Rock Bunting, Cape Rock Bunting.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting was called the Rock Bunting

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident

In terms of distribution of the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Cinnamon-breasted Bunting : see above distribution map.

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is about 15 cms and its weight is about 15 gms

The male and female Cinnamon-breasted Bunting have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is black, white.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is brown.
  • Throat is grey.
  • Back is brown.
  • Legs are black.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting feeds on the ground and in foliage mainly



Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Emberiza tahapisi will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and number between 2 to 4

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Cinnamon-breasted Bunting are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas. The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You will normally see the Cinnamon-breasted Bunting in pairs or flocks and not as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Undenjenje/Undenzeni

Zulu ... umDinasibula

Afrikaans ...Klipstreepkoppie

German ... Bergammer, Siebenstreifenammer

Portuguese ... Escrevedeira-das-pedras

French ... Bruant cannelle

Dutch ... Berggors, Zevenstrepen-Gors

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 886

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,