Male PAINTED BUNTING (Passerina ciris) – ©Hilton Pond Center
The Painted Bunting is a species of bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, that is native to North America.
The male Painted Bunting is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America. Its beautiful colors, dark blue head, green back, red rump and underparts, make it easy to identify, but is very difficult to spot since it hides in foliage even when it is singing. The plumage of female and juvenile Painted Buntings is green and yellow-green, serving as camouflage.
The breeding range includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and northern Mexico.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_Bunting
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