Crested bunting

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Crested bunting
Crested Bunting (Melophus lathami) Photograph By Shantanu Kuveskar.jpg
Male in Mangaon, Maharashtra, India
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Melophus
Swainson, 1837
Species: M. lathami
Binomial name
Melophus lathami
(Gray, 1831)

Emberiza lathami

The crested bunting (Melophus lathami) is a species of bird in the family Emberizidae, from South and Southeast Asia. It is usually considered monotypic in its genus, but some taxonomists place it in the genus Emberiza.


It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.



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