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Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris


These brightly colored finches are a joy to anyone who sees them. The Male is multi-colored with blue, green, yellow and red. The female is a lime green with yellow underparts.


These finches are relatively common in the coastal Southeast and south central parts of the US. They like to forage on the ground in dense shrub, but will often come to bird feeders. This pair was seen at the feeders at the Felts Audubon Preserve on the west coast of Florida.


The French name of the Painted Bunting, nonpareil, means “without equal,” a reference to the bird’s dazzling plumage.

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Very beautiful

DonnaBollenbach 7 years ago

I only saw one male and one female that day. The male only made an appearance every 20 -30 minutes, while the female hung around the feeders and the fountain for hours. I wanted to get a male in a more natural setting, but he chose to hide under the saw palmetto when he was not at the feeders. The indigo buntings, on the other hand, landed on the trees surrounding the feeders often enough to get some good images.

ceherzog 7 years ago

Hi Donna.. I missed the male Painted Buntings at Felts but had several females...there were at least 3 males sighted after I left..pretty awesome guys, they are.
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Amazing colors!

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 15, 2013
Submitted on Mar 19, 2013

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