Painted Bunting

About the Painted Bunting

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. The plumage of female and juvenile Painted Buntings is green and yellow-green, serving as camouflage in thickets, woodland edges and brushy areas.

Painted Buntings are mostly monogamous and are solitary or in pairs during breeding season. They are shy, secretive and often difficult to see. Males sing from exposed perches and often hop on the ground. They eat seeds, insects and caterpillars. The breeding range includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 18 July 2007
Scientific Name
Passerina ciris
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Passerina
  • P. ciris
Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5 inches



From IUCN Red List:
The Painted Bunting is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has declined over the long term and apparently continues to do so at a moderately rapid rate. It is therefore considered to be Near Threatened.

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Papežík Zelenohřbetý
Danish (Dansk) Pavefinke
Dutch (Nederlands) Purpergors
Finnish (Suomi) Sateenkaarikardinaali
French (Français) Passerin Nonpareile
German (Deutsch) Pabstfink
Italian (Italiano) Papa della Luisiana
Japanese (日本語) ゴシキノジコ (Goshikinojiko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Pavespurv
Polish (Polski) Luszczyk Wielobarwny
Russian (русский язык) Расписной овсянковый кардинал
Spanish (Español) Mariposa Pintada
Swedish (Svenska) Påvefink
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