Grey-necked Bunting (Turkey)
Scientific Name 
Emberiza buchanani
Arabic Name 
بلبل الشعير رمادي الرقبة
Kuwaiti name 
زرزور جبل
15.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Extremely rare vagrant. Observed singly during spring and autumn migration; could easily be overlooked due to its resemblance to the Ortolan Bunting. An Asian specialty with nearest breeding areas in the Zagros mountains of Iran.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 3 records for Kuwait with the last being seen at SAANR in September 2011, the same location as the first 2 records. It is generally found in dry and open habitats, often stony, scrubby hillsides covered with low thorn scrub.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population. It breeds along a wide distribution range from the Caspian Sea to the Altai in Central Asia and winters in in parts of Africa, West Asia, extending to parts of South Asia occurring as far south as Sri Lanka.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting during migration.