Painted Bunting

The Painted Bunting was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his eighteenth century work Systema Naturae.

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The Painted Bunting is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

Male Painted Buntings are the most spectacularly colored of all North American songbirds, with a gaudy combination of red, blue, and green feathers. This species has two distinct breeding populations in North America, but overall, it has shown a significant decline across its entire range during the past 35 years. The exact causes for Painted Bunting's decline are not known, but they are believed to include habitat loss, cowbird parasitism, and trapping for the pet trade on its wintering grounds. More

study of painted buntings on Bald Head Island. These three methods included feeder observations, transect counts and banding. This project will continue in 2007 with even more detailed observations and additional banding via mist netting. More

Painted buntings can be found along waterways and in thick riparian cover during the summer in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, with more limited populations in eastern South Carolina and southeastern Georgia. These birds migrate seasonally, spending winters in Cuba, the Bahamas, Mexico and Central America. Vocalizations: Though shy, painted buntings are very vocal throughout the year. Calls include high pitched warbling, chirps and chips. More

The Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) is a species of bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, that is native to North America. Contents - * 1 Taxonomy * 2 Description * 3 Distribution and habitat * 4 Behavior * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 6. More

The Painted Bunting has two distinct ranges; the first extending from northern Texas to northern Mexico with a winter range in southwestern Mexico and the second, eastern population ranges from the Atlantic coastal areas of Florida to North Carolina with a winter range in south Florida to the Caribbean. This bird can be found primarily in arable land, degraded forest and shrublands of higher altitude. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 3,600,000 individual birds. More

records of Painted Bunting (Mlodinow and Hamilton 2005). At least some of these records clearly are of birds that have escaped from captivity; but many, perhaps most, records are of wild birds. Painted Buntings have occurred as far west as California, Oregon, and Washington, north to Alberta and Saskatchewan, and across southern Canada to the Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island); and east to Bermuda. More

Painted Bunting Range MapView dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp - * Adult malePopOutZoom In Adult male * © John Dunning / CLO * Adult femalePopOutZoom In Adult female * © Kevin T. More

The Painted Bunting was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his eighteenth century work Systema Naturae. There are four recognized subspecies of the Painted Bunting: * P. c. ciris , the nominate subspecies. * P. c. pallidior Male Description - The male Painted Bunting is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America. More

The Painted Bunting in Northern Florida Painted BuntingThe "National Audubon Society's Field Guide to Eastern Birds" identifies birds by color. If you flip through all of the pages of green birds, you will notice that the only green perching native bird with any range within the US is the female painted bunting. Compared to this iridescent bird all of the others are "wanna-be" greens. More

strategies to sustain the Eastern Painted Bunting population throughout the Carolinas and Florida. Create an account and help out → A DEFINITE CHANGE OF SEASON4 May 10 = The Carolinas are heating up, and so is the Painted Bunting activity in our yards! I am noticing dwindling numbers being reported by our Florida friends - even those with the largest winter populations are now reporting only a handful of green birds at their feeders. More

* Painted Buntings come to feeders in my back yard every spring. More

Painted Bunting! Thanks for beautiful pics! Kim 12-May-2010 02:20 I have never seen this bird before and I am so thrilled to have one at my feeder! My mom is so jealous as she is a bird lover and doesn't have any painted buntings only the blue! I live in southwest Arkansas. Guest 11-May-2010 15:40 I just saw a pair (m/f) of Painted Buntings. More

The Painted Bunting, a spectacularly colored songbird, is rapidly disappearing from many of its nesting haunts near wetlands and rivers of coastal Georgia. The bird's population may be at risk of being listed as threatened and endangered after more than a 60% decline from 1966-1995. J. Michael Meyers, 1995. Please cite this website as: Meyers, J.M. 2004. Bird without an equal: the story of Georgia's Painted Bunting. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland, USA. http://www.pwrc.usgs. More

My first experience with a painted bunting (Passerina ciris) is one with which any bird watcher can sympathize. I first saw a painted bunting on ST. Catherine's Island, Ga. My group of fellow bird watchers used every method ranging from mist nets to their territorial call, all to no success. After staying up all night in an unrelated habitat use study my weary morning eyes were rewarded with the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. More

painted buntings and bobwhite quail can benefit from the same management practices. Recent bunting research conducted through Clemson University and the U.S. Geological Survey Wildlife Co-op Unit at the University of Georgia has provided badly needed information on bunting breeding biology and habitat use, but much more is needed. To find out more about painted buntings, see these Web sites: and or contact John Cely at the S.C. More

Male painted buntings have red breasts and rumps, green backs, blue heads and dark wings. Females are greenish above and buff below. Life History Painted buntings are common in many parts of Texas. Around sunrise, males will briefly perch and sing on top of the brush they live in. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Emberizidae
Genus : Passerina
Species : ciris
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)