The Gorgeous Painted Buntings


I had the Lazuli Buntings yesterday in my post.  It got such great reviews I decided to do another post about my favorite of all, the Painted Bunting, (Passerina ciris).  This bird to me is the most beautiful thing I had ever seen here in west Texas.  For what reason, I do not know.  Maybe because it looks, and you will agree, like it was hand-painted.  You just need to look at the various colored feathers.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting singing in tree top

Painted Bunting - bathing

I am not going to bother you with all of the EXIF data today.  Just sit back and enjoy the images.  I will say that all of them were captured at the Hummer House Nature Retreat at Christoval, Texas.  I had described the viewing area there in yesterdays post about the Lazuli Buntings.

I sincerely hope that all you do enjoy my photographs.  Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.

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48 thoughts on “The Gorgeous Painted Buntings

  1. WHat an amazingly beautiful bird – it looks like it belongs in a tropical paradise; though I suppose depending how far south you are in Texas, you are pretty close to the tropics!

  2. Oh, Thank you they are so beautiful, they are so beautiful to be true.. (I hope I can express correctly my feelings)… It is exactly as your thoughts… painted buntings… How great nature. I do remember once again, who said I can’t remember but the essence of art is in the nature we just try to copy it… It was something like that. How much I loved these birds. Have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  3. Stunning images,, really.. but how did they evolve to be so bright and SO enchanting, you would think that will all those bright feathers they would attract predators.. amazing wee things.. thank you.. c

  4. You couldn’t take a bad picture of the lovely fellow! (well, maybe I could) I am still waiting to see one in person! Glad you caught him! ~ Lynda

  5. Those are great pictures Bob as usual…We had a pair nesting and feeding at our place here in Terlingua all summer beautiful is what they are and not shy at all…

  6. I saw one of these past by my house once in Santa Fe (least I believe it was one of these), and I was stopped in my tracks by this him. Beautiful photos of this gorgeous bird.Thanks for sharing, Bob!

  7. I saw one of these in the backyard in early summer and thought it was so beautiful! After looking it up, I read that many consider it to be one of the most beautiful birds in North America, so you’re not alone, Bob!

  8. Would you believe me I went to Jekyll Island trying to get pictures of the Painted Bunting and could not find one! However they are popular there. I guess they hide when they see me! 🙂
    Bob you’re right the Painted Bunting is a gorgeous bird.
    Your photos are terrific too!

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