Description of the Painted Bunting

BREEDING MALE

The Painted Bunting is sexually dimorphic, but both genders have a moderately heavy bill.

Males have a gaudy, Technicolor plumage, with a bright blue head, red eye ring, red underparts, and a bright, lime-green back.

Female

Females are lime greenish above and pale yellowish below.

Seasonal change in appearance

None.

Juvenile

Fall immatures resemble adult females, but are duller.

Habitat

Painted Buntings inhabit brushy areas and woodland edges.

Diet

Painted Buntings eat insects and seeds.

Behavior

Painted Buntings forage on the ground or low in shrubs.

Range

Painted Buntings breed across the south-central U.S. as well as along the southern Atlantic Coast of the U.S. They winter in Mexico, Central America, and south Florida. Their population has declined in recent decades.

Fun Facts

Because of its stunning colors, the Painted Bunting is often captured and offered for sale as a pet in Mexico and even in Florida, though it is illegal.

Where it winters in Florida, multiple Painted Buntings sometimes visit bird feeders.

Vocalizations

The song is a sweet, warbled sequence similar to that of the Indigo Bunting.  A soft "wich" call is also given.

Nesting

The Painted Bunting’s nest is a cup of leaves, weeds, and grass and is lined with finer materials. It is placed low in a bush or vine tangle.

Number: Usually lay 3-4 eggs.
Color: Pale blue with darker markings.

Incubation and fledging:
The young hatch at about 11-12 days and fledge at about 9-12 days, though remaining dependent on the adults for some time.