the most colorful of all North American songbirds, the Painted Bunting is
normally a bird of the southeastern U.S., and only occasionally strays north
of its normal range. The "Birds of South Dakota" (SDOU -- 2002) lists
only one sighting of the species in the state. They are typically
birds of brushy undergrowth, and can sometimes be difficult to observe.
Males of the species are known for their intense physical fights over
territory and mating rights, fights which sometimes even end in the death of
one of the combatants.
semi-open country with thick ground cover, such as thickets, brushy fields,
hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges, and forest undergrowth.
Diet: Feeds primarily on seeds and
Behavior: Primarily forages on the ground,
although they will also forage low in bushes or trees. Males will sing
from higher perches, although they are often obscured by foliage when doing
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Sweet warbling
Migration: In the United States, normally only found in the
southeastern U.S. through Texas in the summer.. Winters in southern
Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.
Similar Species: Distinctive plumage on males, unlikely to confuse with other species.
Similar in structure to Varied bunting,
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for sunflower and other seeds. Will
also make use of bird baths.
Conservation Status: Generally stable through most of its range.
Further Information: 1) Further Info Here
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Painted Bunting"