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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 such as St. George Island State Park and Lighthouse Point Park. This species has been declining for decades due to habitat loss and capture for the caged bird trade.
For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.
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Recommended GFBWT sites:
- Amelia Island State Park (spring/summer)
- Big Talbot Island State Park (spring/summer)
- Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (winter)
- Everglades National Park: Main Entrance (winter)
- Fern Forest Nature Center (winter)
- Fort Clinch State Park (spring/summer)
- Little Talbot Island State Park (spring/summer)
- Oakland Nature Preserve (winter)
Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve: Cedar Point (spring/summer)
Painted Buntings are found in forests as well as open brushlands; they are even found in backyards, coming to millet in feeders.