- 4.3–5.5 in
- 8.3 in
- 0.4–0.5 oz
- Passerin varié (French)
- Colorín morado, Gorrión prusiano oriental, Gorrión morado, Mosaico (Spanish)
- The Varied Bunting usually begins nesting in late May or early June, but in the absence of summer rains, may delay nest-building until August.
- Essentially nothing has been published about the natural history of the Varied Bunting in the heart of its range in Mexico.
Arid thorn brush, riparian areas, scrub forest, canyons, and desert washes.
Insects, seeds, and fruit.
- Clutch Size
- 2–5 eggs
- Egg Description
- Pale blue or green, with variable amount of speckling and spotting.
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless with sparse down.
An open cup of grass and spider webs, placed near the outer branches of thorny shrubs.
Mated pair forages together, gleaning insects from leaves and pecking on the ground for seeds.
There is little information on Varied Bunting population trends. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million, with 99% spending part of the year in Mexico, and 1% breeding in the U.S. The species rates a 13 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Varied Bunting is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. These beautiful buntings are a common cage bird in Mexico. Development of habitat for agriculture, mining, urban development, and other human uses may pose a threat.
- Groschupf, K. D, and C. W. Thompson. 1998. Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor). In The Birds of North America, No. 351 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee. 2014. State of the Birds 2014 Report. U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, DC
- Partners in Flight. 2012. Species assessment database.