- Passerina ciris
5 1/2" (14 cm)
- Bright red underparts and rump
- Green back
- Blue head
- Red eye ring
- Bright green all over
- Paler below
- Pale eye ring
Accidental vagrant north and west of range.
- P. c. pallidior:
- P. c. ciris:
Open areas with dense brush at all seasons.
Males will fight to hold territories; these fights are sometimes bloody and even fatal.
Their main diet consists of seeds and insects, which they generally find on the ground or in a low brush.
They are territorial with males defending the territory by singing from a high perch, often hidden in the gallery. They are generally monogamous though polygyny may occur. There will usually be two clutches.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Brewer, D. (2019). Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/62218 on 11 August 2019).
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