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Painted Bunting

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Photo by richard bledsoeSebastian, Florida, USA, February 2005
Photo by richard bledsoe
Sebastian, Florida, USA, February 2005
Passerina ciris


[edit] Identification

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

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto by marhowieKempner, Hill Country, Texas, May 2009
Photo by marhowie
Kempner, Hill Country, Texas, May 2009

Two ranges:
Western range includes eastern New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, southern Kansas, southern Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, western Mississippi, and northern Mexico.

Eastern range includes South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Winters south to Panama and the Greater Antilles.

Accidental vagrant north and west of range.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

This is a polytypic species, consisting of two subspecies[1]:

  • P. c. pallidior:
  • P. c. ciris:

[edit] Habitat

Open areas with dense brush at all seasons.

[edit] Behaviour

Males will fight to hold territories; these fights are sometimes bloody and even fatal.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes seeds and insects, which they generally find on the ground or in a low brush.

[edit] Breeding

They are territorial with males defending the territory by singing from a high perch, often hidden in the gallery.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Audubon

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