ABC Bird of the Week:  Varied Bunting
Like Painted Buntings, male Varied Buntings shine like jewels. The brilliant colors of Varied Buntings stand out in their arid habitat. But despite their striking appearance, this is an inconspicuous bird, often concealed in desert brush far from human habitation.
Most Varied Buntings occur in Mexico, barely making it into the United States along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Like many other desert species, its life cycle is tied to rain: When summer rains are delayed, they may not nest until as late as August.
Since Varied Buntings lurk in dense cover, they are easiest to find when singing their series of sweet, whistled phrases, similar to the closely-related Painted and Lazuli buntings…
(read more: American Bird Conservancy)
photo: Jacob Spendelow

ABC Bird of the Week:  Varied Bunting

Like Painted Buntings, male Varied Buntings shine like jewels. The brilliant colors of Varied Buntings stand out in their arid habitat. But despite their striking appearance, this is an inconspicuous bird, often concealed in desert brush far from human habitation.

Most Varied Buntings occur in Mexico, barely making it into the United States along the southern borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Like many other desert species, its life cycle is tied to rain: When summer rains are delayed, they may not nest until as late as August.

Since Varied Buntings lurk in dense cover, they are easiest to find when singing their series of sweet, whistled phrases, similar to the closely-related Painted and Lazuli buntings…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy)

photo: Jacob Spendelow

Interactive Bird Song Poster
Learn the songs of these common breeding birds of the North American north woods region. Click through the image or click the link to click on each bird and learn its song…
(see and play here: MN Dept. of Natural Resources)
Illustration courtesy of Bill Reynolds. All recordings courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds.

Interactive Bird Song Poster

Learn the songs of these common breeding birds of the North American north woods region. Click through the image or click the link to click on each bird and learn its song…

(see and play here: MN Dept. of Natural Resources)

Illustration courtesy of Bill Reynolds. All recordings courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds.

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.
(via: Wikipedia)                           (photo: Dominic Sherony)

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.

(via: Wikipedia)                           (photo: Dominic Sherony)

The Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a passerine bird 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…
(read more: Wikipedia)                     (photo: Alan Vernon)

The Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a passerine bird 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…

(read more: Wikipedia)                     (photo: Alan Vernon)

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: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EMxIZ5KAV0

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: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EMxIZ5KAV0