Have you ever seen a bird whose plumage makes you think of a glistening jewel? This coat stunningly beautiful and you can’t keep your eyes off it. And thanks to this one-of-its-kind plumage, this flying creature shines brightly in nature and wins the spotlight whenever they appear.
The varied bunting is one of these spectacular birds. It’s beautifully covered in a swath of rich plum, crimson, lavender, violet, cherry red, and blue. This bird seems to jump out from fairy books as it’s too perfect to be true.
Let’s discover this captivating bird in the video below!
Unlike the outstanding male, the female of this species is duller with chestnut brown plumage flecked with white. Young birds resemble the female.
Varied buntings (Passerina versicolor), are a species of songbird in the cardinal Cardinalidae family. They distribute widely in Mexico, but can also be found in the United States, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
However, this species is now listed as threatened due to habitat loss for grazing, mining, and residential development. The striking plumage also makes it a target for trapping for cages.
These birds prefer living in scrubby environments, especially steep slopes, riparian areas, and desert washes. These habitats enable them to hunt insects, fruit, and seeds on the ground for food.
During the breeding season (from late May to early June), the female varied bunting builds her nest in the branches of thorny scrub. This nest is made from grass and spider webs, and in the shape of a cup. She then lays 2-5 eggs in her nest and incubates them for 14 days. The female continues to feed the hatchlings until fully-fledged, for around 10 days.
H/T: One Big Birdcage