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Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris


What a brilliant splash of color to brighten the backyard. These shy birds are a welcome new addition to our yard. They keep company with our large family of cardinals, which isn't surprising since they are in both in the same family : CARDINALIDAE. They are often trapped and then sold illegally as caged birds in Mexico and the Caribbean. This disturbing poaching has put pressure on their breeding populations and has resulted in them being listed as IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened. The male is quite easy to identify, and the females unique green makes her one of a kind in America as well.


Painted Buntings love dense brush and bushes that are near grassy areas or woodland edges.


Nice to see them here in Suburbia, though they are slightly north of their winter range.

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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago


KerryHawkins 8 years ago

Oh it does look painted! Like it is airbrushed!

wow beautiful....colourful....

AndreaLim 8 years ago

WOW what stunning colors! Great spotting

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great first spotting of a very beautiful bird - welcome to Project Noah. I'd love to see these in person some day.

AlejaPatiño 8 years ago


kittuandme 8 years ago

Nice bird!

wonderful colors!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Great series! Welcome to Project Noah KindBird!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Wow!! Really amazing bird, it must have been beautiful to see!! AWESOME!

KrantiAzad 8 years ago

very nice series !

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Beautiful colours on this bunting! lovely photos too.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 3, 2013


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