The yellow-breasted bunting was considered a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2004 due to a rapid drop in population size.

The species breeds in Europe and northern Asia, and then migrates yearly to parts of Asia, including India, southern China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, for winter quarter and food from December to April, said BirdLife Cambodia in a news release.

The yellow-breasted bunting’s population in the world has declined by more than 80 percent in recent years, the news release said, adding that for Cambodia, more than 800 yellow-breasted buntings had been recorded in some provinces between 2016 and 2019.

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