The Rose-bellied Bunting (Passerina rositae) is a species of bird in the Cardinalidae family. It is also known as Rosita’s Bunting. It is endemic to a tiny strip of hills along the Pacific slope of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, where it occurs in arid to semiarid thornforest and gallery woodlands. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a passerinebird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is common in all sorts of open areas, of Eurasia, with some scrub or trees and form small flocks in winter. The Yellowhammer is a robust 15.5–17 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater’s bill. The male has a bright yellow head. Its natural diet consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The nest is on the ground. 3-6 eggs are laid, which show the hair-like markings characteristic of those of buntings…
The Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) is a passerine bird in the bunting family. It breeds in southeast Europe east to Iran. It is migratory, wintering in India. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe. The breeding male (shown here) has bright yellow underparts, chestnut upperparts and a black hood.
National Wildlife Magazine - Backyard Bird Images:
Howard Cheek’s 6-acre Certified Wildlife Habitat in Texas Hill Country provides food-producing plants, supplemental feeders, birdbaths and a small pond with waterfall, ideal features for attracting common and not-so-common birds such as this Painted Bunting. His property is located along the Central Flyway, a major migratory route for many North American bird species.
To learn more about how Cheek takes his photos, and maintains his habitat, take a look at this short video: