Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Secretive, colorful bird. This male spent quite a bit of time noshing on the Spanish needle seeds. They are primarily seed eaters, except during breeding season. Migratory in Central Florida.


Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens Alba

My take:


  1. Hi Loret! I used to see these occasionally south of Mobile, AL, at Dauphin Island Shell Mounds – I’d always feel like a piece of a rainbow had fallen off and gotten caught in the low bushes. Nice “capture”!

    • Loret said:

      Hi Cynthia! Thanks, they are rather hard to photograph. You described them perfectly! “piece of rainbow”….LOVE IT!

  2. Loret said:

    Hi Kathy! There time here in Central Florida is fleeting, but I have managed to see them a time or two. Can’t miss those bright colors hiding in the brush. 🙂

  3. Oh, I would be so thrilled to encounter this beautiful bird!

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