French: Passerin nonpareil German: Papstfink Spanish: Azulillo sietecolores
South Carolina, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. pallidior
Mearns, 1911 – Western Painted Bunting – S USA (SE Kansas E to W Tennessee and Mississippi, S to C & S New Mexico and Texas) and adjacent Mexico (Chihuahua E to NW Tamaulipas); migrates to Mexico (S from C Sinaloa, S San Luis Potosí and S Tamaulipas, but absent from central highlands) and S to W Panama.
P. c. ciris
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Eastern Painted Bunting – US Atlantic seaboard from North Carolina S to C Florida; migrates to S Florida, Bahamas and Cuba.
13–14 cm; male 13·3–19 g, female 12·9–19 g (Florida). Male nominate race has head deep blue, rose-pink eyering; upperparts copper-green, rump... read more
Only male sings. Song a series of high-pitched whistled notes, in phrases of 1–3 notes,... read more
Areas of scattered bush, recently abandoned farmland, disused orange groves, riparian thickets;... read more
Food and feeding
On breeding grounds predominantly vegetable, including seeds of various grasses, sedges (Cyperaceae), some dicotyledons including spurges... read more
Nest-building from late Mar in SW, early May to mid-May elsewhere; usually two broods, occasionally three. Mostly monogamous, but polygyny... read more
Almost totally migratory; winters casually in extreme S Louisiana and SE Texas, otherwise breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. Classified as “Declining” in USA (Yellow WatchList priority species for... read more
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