• WordNet 3.6
    • n Emberiza Old World buntings
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n emberiza A genus of buntings, conirostral passerine birds of the family Fringillidæ, such as the common corn-bunting of Europe (E. miliaria), the yellow bunting (E. citrinella), the cirl-bunting (E. cirlus), the ortolan (E. hortulana), etc. The limits of the genus are indefinite, and the term has no more exact meaning than bunting (which see). In a late restricted sense it includes more than 50 species, confined to the Palæarctic, Indian, and Ethiopian regions. None of the very many North and South American buntings which have been called Emberiza properly belong to this genus. See Emberizinæ, and cuts under bunting and cirl-bunting.
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In literature:

Barrow, on Emberiza longicauda.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Of the genus Emberiza one was procured, in immature plumage; probably the painted bunting.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
A. Emberiza pusilla, Pall.
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
Bill with upper mandible narrower than lower, otherwise as in Emberiza.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns