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Painted bunting

29March2012 The Painted Bunting is one of the most brilliantly colored and visually striking birds in all of the United States. It is the only bird in the U.S. to have a blue head and red underparts.

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Painted-Bunting (Passerina ciris). A species of bird in the Cardinal family native to North America. The male is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America.

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Painted Bunting

The painted bunting (Passerina ciris) not only has a brilliant red chin, chest and abdomen, but the rest of its plumage is similarly bold in shades of green, yellow and blue. As with most brightly colored species, however, females are much plainer and lack the bright colors of the male.

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Painted Bunting - The female Painted Bunting is green above and yellowish green below. (Length: 5 1/2 inches)

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