There is nothing quite so striking as a male Painted Bunting. How can so many vivid colors be present all at once in such a tiny, modest little bird? They seem (as All About Birds puts it) “to have flown straight out of a child’s coloring book.”
Painted Buntings can be found across the southern U.S., Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean. Luckily for us, they like to winter in Florida!
This fellow was seen in the early morning, foraging happily for seeds and insects on the grounds of Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve, a wonderful preserve between Orlando and Tampa.