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Varied Bunting

Passerina versicolor ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: CARDINALIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A bird of subtly beautiful colors, the Varied Bunting inhabits arid brushy woodlands and clearings. Found throughout most of Mexico, it reaches the northern limits of its range in the borderlands of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Appearance

Finchlike
Finchlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Short, thick bill.
  • Male dark, purplish, with red nape.
  • Female dull tan.

Male Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Blue crown and rump. Reddish purple body. Red nape. Appears dark purplish overall from a distance.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Brown overall.

Female Description

Smooth, unmarked grayish brown plumage overall.

Immature Description

Immature of both sexes resembles adult female.

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Field MarksHelp

  • Adult male

    Varied Bunting

    Adult male
  • Adult female

    Varied Bunting

    Adult female
  • Adult female

    Varied Bunting

    Adult female
    • © Tripp Davenport, Big Bend National Park, Texas, May 2011
  • Adult male

    Varied Bunting

    Adult male
    • © Gerry Dewaghe, Big Bend National Park, Texas, May 2007
  • Adult male

    Varied Bunting

    Adult male
    • © Tripp Davenport, Big Bend National Park, Texas, May 2013

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