Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), Tres Rios Wetlands, Maricopa County
This Painted Bunting was
found by Walker Noe and Caleb Strand and photographed by Walker Noe on 23 June 2015
The bird was singing from high, exposed perches in
Painted Bunting is a rare
but regular visitant to southeast Arizona during late
summer and early fall and is casual at other times and
areas. While the pattern of migrants in Arizona
suggests that fall migrants are wild birds, Painted
Buntings are common cage birds in Mexico and it is
generally impossible to know if birds are escapes or
not, especially adult males or when seen outside of the
normal fall migration.
The male Painted Bunting is unmistakable, with a blue head, red breast, and green back.
23 June 2015, photo by Walker NoeAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 24 June 2015