Upper parts yellowish brown, with darker spots: beneath yellowish white, spotted and streaked with black.
E. Miliaria, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 306. Common Bunting, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 286. pl. 52. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 168.
Entire length seven inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) six lines and one-third, (from the gape) seven lines and one-third; of the tarsus one inch one line; of the tail two inches eleven lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing three inches nine lines: breadth, wings extended, twelve inches three lines.
Upper parts yellowish brown, inclining to olive, the shafts of the feathers with longitudinal dusky streaks: under parts yellowish white, spotted on the breast, and streaked on the sides, with dark brown: quills and tail-feathers dusky, with pale edges; wing-coverts tipped with yellowish white: upper mandible dusky, under one pale: irides dark hazel: feet pale brown. Obs. This species is occasionally found white, or pied. (Egg). Reddish white, or purple red ground, streaked and spotted with dark purple brown: long. diam. one inch; trans, diam. eight lines and a half.
Common throughout the kingdom, particularly in open cultivated lands. Note harsh and inharmonious, heard at intervals during a great part of the year. Food principally seeds. Nest placed on the ground, formed of straw and fibrous roots, and lined with fine grass and hairs. Congregates in the winter season.