Documentation of Painted Bunting

Observer Information

Reporter:  Amanda Ziegelbauer  1880 Arapahoe St,   Denver, CO  80202
Other Observers:  Bill Day - provided photo

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Painted Bunting
First Date/Time:  9/18/2015 9:00:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  9/18/2015 9:00:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  1
County:  Ouray
Specific Location:  Ridgway
Number:  1
Age:  Immature
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Non-breeding



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  None
Distance:  0 - Banded
Light:  Morning light

Description of the Bird

Bird flew into mist nets at Ridgway Banding Station, Confluence Park, Ridgway State Park, Ridgway, CO. Bird was unknown sex, hatch-year individual. Feathers beginning to have blue cast over green rectrices. Missing most feathers on top of head. 

Similar Species Discussion

Other buntings have similar shape and bill, but there is no other bird that had similar enough appearance to be considered.

Resources Used

Peter Pyle (2007) and David Sibley (2000)

Previous Experience

I have observed many Painted Buntings in Texas, as well as Lazuli and Indigo Buntings in various places. Birding for 20 years; banding for 3.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

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Date Documentation Submitted

10/1/2015 5:23:00 PM

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