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Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris

Painted Bunting
copyright Jim Burns
Length: 6 in. (14 cm)
This spectacular species occurs in low shrubby areas, riparian vegetation, and open forests. It feeds primarily on seeds but includes insects during the nesting period. The nest is a deep, cup-like structure made of grass and leaves and placed in a dense bush or vine tangle. The four-digit banding code is PABU.

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

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