Painted Bunting

JWTJWT Posts: 322 Deckhand
i have known these are native but only saw my first one last week. i went back this week to see if i could get some shots. they are difficult little hyperactive critters! hard to focus in the deep cover they like......... but i managed a couple keepers


  • swampwalkerswampwalker Posts: 1,124 Officer
    Beautiful bird. Used to see them occasionally some years back at our feeder in late winter early spring. Haven't seen any in quite sometime.
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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,024 AG
    Very nice and I have only seen them a couple of times.  Somebody took over my owl box. Hope he stays


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  • JWTJWT Posts: 322 Deckhand
    it would be nice if they move in! they are cool birds. i am going to have to find some new nests. most all of the ones i knew were destroyed in Irma.........
  • mplspugmplspug Lake Mary, FloridaPosts: 5,713 Admiral
    I've been waiting 3 years to see a painted bunting.  Before I moved I saw a Indigo Bunting, that was pretty cool. 

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  • nole76nole76 Posts: 800 Officer
    When I was a kid growing up in Miami-Dade, we used to see painted buntings often. I have always had a feeder at my current house (still south of Miami) and I haven't seen them for 40 years - until this winter when several males and 4-5 females showed up and have been around for quite a while now. Beautiful birds.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,394 Captain
    Very nice job JWT!
  • JoyTimeJoyTime Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    They can be seen rarely in Florida.  The  non native crow population is destroying  many of the birds we used to see.  It is a total shame
  • JWTJWT Posts: 322 Deckhand
    Non native crows? not sure what you mean, crows are not native to south fla?
  • JoyTimeJoyTime Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    You are right, I should’ve said the invasive crow population.  I didn’t mean to insinuate that there are native crows.  Thanks for letting me clear that up
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 122 Deckhand
    There are two species of crows in South Florida, Fish Crows and American Crows.  The two species are fairly segregated by location, with Fish Crows being found in urban, suburban, and rural areas, and American Crows almost exclusively in the Everglades.  They can be distinguished by their call.  Both are native, and neither of them is impacting the Painting Bunting population.  Habitat loss in both their breeding and wintering grounds, and poaching are the real threats.  Here in south Florida there are many poachers that put out cages in rural areas to trap Painted Buntings for the cage bird trade, which is illegal.  If you see a painted bunting in a cage anywhere, report it to FWC.
  • JWTJWT Posts: 322 Deckhand
    thanks for all the info on the crows. i didn't realize there were two species. but thinking about it, the ones in the glades are different than the ones around the house. my buddy was telling about knowing of some people that trap them. it seems that it was pretty common in Cuba & some still carry on the tradition here. they call them a Mariposa & they won't breed in captivity. i have never seen one before, either in captivity or in the wild. i found this little concentration to photograph for three weeks in a row, but they have since moved on. 
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 122 Deckhand
    Yeah, trapping of birds including Painted Buntings is a serious problem in Florida and the Caribbean.  I once had a contractor over doing work at my house when a Painted Bunting came to my feeder.  He immediately said "Hey, you can get $40 a piece for those."  I replied that it's illegal to capture and sell migratory song birds in the U.S.  He paused for a few seconds, then repeated. "You can get $40 a piece for those."  Completely missed the memo.

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