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red bird that's not a cardinal

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Old Thursday 14th June 2007, 14:22   #1
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red bird that's not a cardinal

A friend of mine has a red bird visiting his feeder (east Tennessee) that he says looks like a male cardinal without a crest, with wings "like a female cardinal" (whatever that means) and deep blue around its eyes. I had thought he might be seeing a Summer Tanager until he mentioned the deep blue. It's about the size of a cardinal. Any thoughts?
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Old Thursday 14th June 2007, 18:05   #2
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Painted Bunting, although slightly out of its normal range, is a good candidate. They are mostly red, especially underneath, but have a greenish back and wings, plus a blue head. Here's a photo of one.
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