Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Emberiza, a genus of birds formerly classed under the order Insessores and tribe Cenirostres, and closely allied to the finches. It includes the yellowhammer, the various buntings (q.v.), the nonpareil and rice-bird of the Southern United States, and perhaps the whydah birds. All are largely insectivorous, though their main food is seed.