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Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris

Description:

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

Habitat:

semi-open habitats with scattered shrubs or trees

Notes:

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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7 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 months ago

These are among the prettiest songbirds; beautiful portraits.

Tukup
Tukup 7 months ago

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

RickBohler
RickBohler 7 months ago

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

AshleyT
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
remkinloch 7 months ago

Lovely series of photos, thanks for sharing

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Beautiful spotting, Rick.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 months ago

What a riot of colors! Great series Eric.

RickBohler
Spotted by
RickBohler

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.26, Long: -81.43

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

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