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 Cretzschmar's Bunting  Emberiza caesia


  Sonogram of Cretzschmar's Bunting song

Napi Valley, Lesvos, Greece  39 16' 33.0" N  26 17' 07.9" E  20 May 2017

Territorial song from dry, rocky hillside.

Song composed of short 1.1 to 1.3 sec strophes, alternating between higher and lower frequency series repeated at a rate of 22 per minute.

Each strophe differing in type, composed of around 5 to 13 upslurred or downslurred elements, mainly on a level frequency, ending with a longer (or 'stretched') terminal element, which is occasionaly higher or lower in frequency. Double elements sounding like a single element to the human ear probably originate from both bronchi in the syrinx. Reminiscent of Yellowhammer. (Crested Lark in blackground, later in recording).

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    Sonogram of Cretzschmar's Bunting song

Song rate per minute



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