Rare black-faced bunting in the Netherlands


Emberiza spodocephala, male

From Wikipedia:

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.

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

Today, a female of that very rare species was caught in a bird banding station in Castricum, the Netherlands.

Photos are here.

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