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Painted Bunting1 locationBird
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Jan 19 2015
Merritt Island National Wildlife Re
TypeBird
FamilyCardinalidae - Cardinals
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Passerina ciris

Painted buntings are shy, secretive and often difficult to observe for the human eye, though can be fairly approachable where habituated to bird feeders. Males sing in spring from exposed perches to advertise their territories. They also engage in visual displays including flying bouncingly like a butterfly or in an upright display, body-fluff display, bow display and wing-quiver display. These displays are used in agonistic conflicts with other males or in breeding displays for females, with females rarely engaging in displays. Occasionally, males may physical clash with each other and may even kill each other in such conflicts.

When their breeding season has concluded, buntings migrate by night over short to medium distances. Western birds (Arizona and northern Mexico) molt in mid-migration, while eastern birds tend to molt before they migrate.

The male painted bunting was once a very popular caged bird, but its capture and holding is currently illegal.

Source: Wikipedia.com
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