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Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris


This guy was in my backyard, vivid fusion of blue, green, yellow, and red, male Painted Bunting... Females and immatures are a distinctive bright green with a pale eye-ring. These fairly common finches breed in the coastal Southeast and in the south-central U.S


semi-open habitats with scattered shrubs or trees


The western population of Painted Buntings begins its fall migration before molting, molts in staging areas in northern Mexico, then continues to migrate further south. This migration-molt pattern is common among waterfowl but very rare among songbirds. In contrast to the western population, the eastern population of Painted Buntings molts on its breeding grounds before migration

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Maria dB
Maria dB 6 months ago

These are among the prettiest songbirds; beautiful portraits.

Tukup 7 months ago

Beautiful bird Rick. Nice series. Congratulations on its nomination for SOTW.

RickBohler 7 months ago

WOW!..... Well, that just made my day. :) thank you!!

AshleyT 7 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

remkinloch 7 months ago

Lovely series of photos, thanks for sharing

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Beautiful spotting, Rick.

DanielePralong 7 months ago

What a riot of colors! Great series Eric.

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Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.26, Long: -81.43

Spotted on Apr 21, 2019
Submitted on Apr 21, 2019

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