Rare Bird Registry:

Help report Florida’s rare upland birds
Painted Bunting
Passerina ciris

      The eastern population of Painted Buntings is declining rapidly. Florida is a very important state for this bird because it supports both a wintering and breeding population. The observations you report here will help our staff determine which locations in the state are most frequently occupied by Painted Buntings. Once these areas are identified, conservation actions can be taken to best protect this beautiful songbird.


      Males of this species are uniquely colored and easy to identify. Their plumage consists of a bright blue head and nape, red throat, breast and tail, and a bright green back. Females and young males are bright green on the back and head with a yellow breast. Males may take up to 2 years before acquiring their distinctive “painted” plumage. The song for this species consists of a series of high and low frequency phrases that are sweet and musical.


      In Florida, Painted Buntings can be found in a variety of habitat types including maritime shrub, maritime forest and hammock, and early successional forest. They also sometimes visit backyard bird feeders.


Male Painted Bunting

Female or First-year Male Painted Bunting

Adult male Painted Bunting

Additional Species Information
  1. Florida Wildlife Research Institute—Painted Bunting Profile Page
  2. Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds
  3. Painted Bunting Observer Team (for bird feeder sightings)
  4. Where to See Painted Buntings: The Florida Birding Trail

How You Can Participate:

Record your painted bunting sightings by using the interactive mapping tool below.

*Sightings will only be accepted during breeding season "safe dates" as defined by the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas (1 May-31 July) as defined by the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas project, but YOU MAY ENTER THOSE SIGHTINGS AT ANY TIME. Please use PBOT website to report all non-breeding season sightings.

Painted Bunting Observation Form
  1. You can enter your lat/long directly or you can use the red marker on the map to determine the coordinates.
  2. Drag the marker to the approximate location then zoom to help pin-point the desired location.
  3. Enter sighting date, observer name, contact email and phone.
  4. Provide a detailed description of the bird you observed in the comments including appearance and behavior.
  5. Photos of your sighting are encouraged: please upload using the boxes below.
  6. Click the Submit button below the date entry area.
  7. Please submit a new record for each individual bird you observed.
Is this the exact location of your sighting?


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Submit pictures if available:
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If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact: Dr. Karl Miller (FWRI Upland Nongame Bird Lead)

Thank you very much for your participation in this survey, your contributions to this effort are invaluable!

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