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Painted Bunting - Passerina ciris

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
The Painted Bunting breeds in the south-central U.S. from the southern Mississippi Valley west to Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, and along the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina south to central Florida (Lowther et al. 1999). This species winters in southern Florida and southern Mexico (Sibley 2014). In Montana, the Painted Bunting has a few records with only one record in the past decade (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range

Western Hemisphere Range

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Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 3

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Relative Density


(direct evidence "B")

(indirect evidence "b")

No evidence of Breeding
(transient "t")

(regular observations "W")

(at least one obs. "w")


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Painted Bunting — Passerina ciris.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from