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This beautiful, multicolored songbird can be found year-round in Florida either as a migrant, a winter resident or as a scarce local breeder. In winter they are often found at well-maintained feeding stations, predominantly in southern counties. Northeast Florida’s coastal areas are home to the state’s largest breeding population, where singing males can be found between April and August. During spring and fall migration, Painted Buntings have been found at many coastal and inland trail sites. This species has been declining for decades due to habitat loss and capture for the caged bird trade.
Recommended GFBWT sites:
- Fort Clinch State Park (spring/summer)
- Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (winter) - visitor center feeding station
- Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (winter) - feeding station
- Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center (winter) - feeding station
Use our Trip Planning Wizard to find all the GFBWT sites where Painted Buntings can be found.
Interested in being a volunteer for the Painted Bunting Observer Team? Click here for more details.
For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.
Painted Buntings are found in forests as well as open brushlands; they are even found in backyards, coming to millet in feeders.