The black-faced bunting (Emberiza spodocephala) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

The genus name Emberiza is from Old German Embritz, a bunting. The specific spodocephala is from Ancient Greek spodos, "ashes", and kephalos, "headed".

It breeds in southern Siberia across to northern China and northern Japan. It is migratory, wintering in north-east India, southern China and northern south-east Asia. It is a very rare wanderer to western Europe.

The black-faced bunting breeds in dense undergrowth along streams and rivers in the taiga zone, and lays four or five eggs in a ground or tree nest. Its natural food consists of seeds, and when feeding young, insects. It winters close to water in agricultural or other open bushy habitats.

This bird's general appearance and terrestrial feeding habits give the impression of a dunnock with a bunting's bill. It is similar in size to a reed bunting at about 16 cm long. The breeding male has a dark grey head with a mix of yellow green and black between the bill and eye. The upperparts are brown and heavily streaked with black, except on the rump. The rump is brown and the tail is also a dark brown. The underparts are yellowish white with some fine dark brown flank streaks. The stout bill is pink.

Females and young birds have a weaker head pattern, with olive-grey cheeks and a weak creamy white supercilium. The underparts are creamy yellow heavily streaked with dark brown.

The bird's call is like a tzii or tzee. It sound very "metallic" and it is a very short and not exactly a song at all. It nests on trees or on the ground and lays about four to five eggs.
Black-faced Bunting
Date Location Count
2021-05-29 16:39Hel--Military Beach1
2021-06-11 17:45Xining Ning Hu Wetland (西宁宁湖湿地)4
2021-05-16 06:00Аршан (Arshan)1
2021-05-21 10:00Темнохвойная тайга на реке Снежной (Dark Taiga near Snezhnaya River)2
2021-05-23 08:00Выдрино (Vydrino)6
2021-05-16 09:30沙湖--鸟岛 (Shahu--Bird Island)1
2021-06-04 05:40Mongolica Resort, UB, MN1
2021-05-30 09:00Смешанный лес севернее д. Гурульба (Mixed Wood N from Gurulba Village)4
2021-06-01 07:23Gun Galuut NR, UB, MN3
2021-05-16 09:50马场 (Ma Chang)1
2021-05-29 07:30圆明园 (Yuanmingyuan Relic Park)1
2021-05-18 11:00沙河水库 (Shahe Reservoir)1
2021-05-22 07:40奥林匹克森林公园-南园 (Olympic Forest Park-South Park)2
2021-05-21 08:46南堡滩涂 (Nanpu Mudflat)1
2021-05-17 11:13监狱树 [限制进入] (Prison Trees [Restricted access])2
2021-05-21 09:04南汇东滩 (Nanhui Dongtan)1
2021-05-18 06:20韭山列岛国家级自然保护区 (Jiushan Islands NNR)1
2021-05-16 08:25獾子洞水库 (Huanzidong Reservoir)10
2021-06-05 05:05Baekryeong Island1
2021-05-23 09:10전라남도 홍도 Hong Island2
2021-05-24 06:04충청남도 외연도 Oeyeon Island1
2021-05-19 08:47송도 남동유수지 Songdo--Namdong Reservoir1
2021-06-04 07:00Корпус Дальневосточного федерального университета (Far Eastern Federal University Territory)5
2021-05-24 18:22Ботанический Сад-Институт ДВО РАН (Vladivostok Botanical Garden)3
2021-06-05 10:00Полуостров Де-Фриз (De-Friz Peninsula)
2021-06-08 10:30Озеро Ханка--ЮВ Берег (Khanka Lake--SE Shore)
2021-06-08 17:50Комсомольск-на-Амуре (Komsomolsk-on-Amur (general area))2
2021-05-18 05:30長野市--戸隠森林植物園--みどりヶ池 (Nagano--Togakushi Forest--Midorigaike Pond)5
2021-05-22 09:31諏訪市--霧ヶ峰高原 (Suwa--Kirigamine Highland)10
2021-05-23 05:00(立入禁止区域/restricted area) 富士吉田市--自衛隊北富士演習場 (Fujiyoshida--JSDF Kitafuji Training Grounds)3
2021-06-05 09:06渋川市--伊香保森林公園 (Shibukawa--Ikaho Forest Park)2
2021-06-03 09:00新潟市--西海岸公園 (Niigata--Nishikaigan Park)11
2021-05-26 09:00新潟市--鳥屋野潟 (Niigata--Lake Toyanogata)
2021-05-22 08:42相模原市--宮ヶ瀬湖--早戸川林道--金沢川の西 (Sagamihara--Miyagase Lake--Hayatogawa Forest Road--west of Kanazawa River)
2021-06-06 08:43日光市--戦場ヶ原 (Nikko--Senjogahara Moor)3
2021-06-05 10:57日光市--戦場ヶ原--赤沼 (Nikko--Senjogahara Moor--Akanuma)5
2021-05-20 03:41酒田市--飛島 (Sakata--Tobishima (island))2
2021-05-30 15:25矢板市--八方ヶ原--小間々田台駐車場 (Yaita--Happogahara Moor--Komamada Parking Lot)4
2021-06-09 18:31福島市--磐梯吾妻スカイライン (Fukushima--Bandai Azuma Skyline)2
2021-05-23 15:00八雲町--遊楽部川の河口 (Yakumo--Yurappu River estuary)
2021-06-03 06:00北杜市--八郎沼公園 (Hokuto--Hachironuma Park)4
2021-06-08 16:56余市町--余市川歩道 (Yoichi--Yoichi River footpath)2
2021-06-06 10:01苫小牧市--苫小牧研究林 (Tomakomai--Tomakomai Experimental Forest)2
2021-06-13 14:34苫小牧市--ウトナイ湖サンクチュアリ (Tomakomai--Lake Utonai Sanctuary)1
2021-06-11 07:50美唄市--宮島沼水鳥・湿地センター (Bibai--Miyajimanuma Waterfowl and Wetland Center)22
2021-06-09 09:46美唄市--手形沼 (Bibai--Tegata Swamp IBA)7
2021-06-06 04:00厚真町--浜厚真野原公園 (Atsuma--Hama-Atsuma Nohara Park)4
2021-06-06 07:10Пик Чехова (Chekhov Peak)10
2021-06-03 03:40置戸町--おけと湖 (Oketo--Lake Oketo)
2021-06-02 10:00紋別市--コムケ湖IBA (Monbetsu--Lake Komuke IBA)1
2021-06-05 03:40津別町--チミケップ湖 (Tsubetsu--Chimikeppu Lake)
2021-06-01 15:30網走市--呼人探鳥遊歩道 (Abashiri--Yobito Birdwatching Trail)3