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Painted Bunting (male)

Passerina ciris


Painted Buntings are medium-sized finches with stubby, thick, seed-eating bills. 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. Though they are basically unpatterned, their overall color is greener and brighter than similar songbirds.


Flew into a low branch of a Hackberry tree, rested, took a bath in the stream, then went on its way. Wildlife habitat garden.


IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened These fairly common finches breed in the coastal Southeast and in the south-central U.S., where they often come to feeders. They are often caught and sold illegally as cage birds, particularly in Mexico and the Caribbean, a practice that puts pressure on their breeding populations.

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gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thank you Jakubko. they only come in my yard for a few days during migration, so it is always a treat :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Gorgeous spotting and bird!!

gatorfellows 8 years ago

You are welcome :)

Thanks Gaterfellows

gatorfellows 8 years ago

Hi cranbrook. Thanks for the compliment. The Earth Observer patch (oil drop) belongs to Yasser's Gulf Oil Spill misson. I add any thing I spot when I am on the gulf coast. Like hurricane Rita damage done at High island and Sea Park on Texas Coast. Just added my trip along Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida coast. Just helping keep an eye on things. If you join the mission go to the mission website for information about the impact areas :)

Amazing Painted Bunting gaterfellows!! How did you get the patch Earth Observer?

gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thank you Saraia. It was a treat :)


gatorfellows 8 years ago

Thanks Jemma :)

Hema 8 years ago


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Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2013
Submitted on May 13, 2013

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