First thought; this bird’s wearing the “amazing technicolor dreamcoat” keeps flashing across my mind as a male Painted Bunting strutted down to the edge of the boardwalk at the GTM NERR.
These magnificent neo-tropical species display blue, red, yellow and green feathers and are a sight to behold.
The female is no color slouch either with her gorgeous coat of green-to-slightly yellow feathers. These buntings are one of two demographically distinct populations residing from coastal North Carolina to North Florida and another population in the lower Midwest.
Spending the spring and summer in our area most will migrate in the fall to South Florida, Cuba or Central America.
Shy but sometimes feeder friendly, Painted Buntings enjoy white millet seed that can be purchased at many stores that sell bird seed; also they live and forage in low scrub brush.
Another interesting fact about these songbirds of the cardinal family is that the females don’t sing at all, according to the paintedbunting.org website.