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Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris


Males are stunningly colored with blue heads, red underparts, and green backs. Females and immatures are a uniform, bright yellow-green overall, with a pale eyering. Cornell Labs


These birds were seen at Felt's Audubon Preserve. They can be seen reliably at seed feeders set up near a blind.


This species is nearly threatened due to capture for illegal sale in Mexico & the Caribbean.

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MichelleHammond 6 years ago

Oh — I just realized why I never heard of it. It was established in 2002. We moved up north in 1995. Well, at any rate, I'm glad it's there now! :)

MichelleHammond 6 years ago

I don't remember going to Felt's Preserve. We often went to Selby Gardens in Sarasota to watch/photograph birds, but I'm not sure I even knew about the existence of Felt's Preserve! It's too bad — I really would have enjoyed that!

ceherzog 6 years ago

Michelle...did you go to the Felt's Preserve when in Bradenton?
And, thanks.

MichelleHammond 6 years ago

Lovely photo of the two of them together and such a cute video! I live in Indiana now, but it makes me miss my old home in Bradenton! Thank you for posting these!

ceherzog 6 years ago

It's in Eastern Manatee County in Florida. They seem to be regulars. was nice to have both a male & female bathing at the same time. 6 years ago

The video was beautiful. Where exactly is this preserve? Are they still in that area.

ceherzog 6 years ago

Thanks Mary & Armadeus!

armadeus.4 6 years ago

I'm so pleased you got to see this beautiful little bird for real! Loved your little video...terribly cute. It's so sad that they are being illegally captured and sold - and for what? Future generations to miss out on? Gorgeous pics. Thank you for sharing :) 6 years ago

So glad I found your pictures of these beautiful birds. I may never get to see one in person. Thanks so much for sharing!

ceherzog 7 years ago

Thanks Maria...I hope you get to see one too.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Lovely spotting; I hope to see this bird in person some day!

ceherzog 7 years ago

Thanks gatorfellows

gatorfellows 7 years ago

very nice capture :)

ceherzog 7 years ago

Thanks so much Sarah!

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 7 years ago

Love these pictures! So beautiful!

ceherzog 7 years ago

suzmonk...just push that button! I really try to get a short piece of video when I'm taking pictures just to remember the way the bird moves. Sometimes when it's really hard to focus a video manages to bring the subject into focus.

ceherzog 7 years ago

Thank you all for the nice comments...

ursulav 7 years ago

Spectacular shot!

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Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago


suzmonk 7 years ago

What a good time they were having! Inspires me to figure out the video feature on my camera ...

Hema 7 years ago

wow ! What a treat for us! and how much luckier can you be?!

ceherzog 7 years ago

Hey thanks littelkelani...I thought no one was going to notice these cuties.

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