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Beautiful Painted Buntings Are Colorful Birds That Perfectly Live Up To Their Name

Sometimes we spend so much time appreciating the amazing, colorful birds of other countries that we forget to look out our window and see the beauty right here at home.

For example, this is a painted bunting.

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I have a habit of seeing an incredible rainbow bird like this and just assuming that it's native to somewhere far away and tropical.

But this little guy actually makes his home in Mexico and the Southern U.S.

Though they are common and brightly colored, they can be tough to spot.

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That's because they prefer to spend their time foraging for seeds in low, dense brush.

If you live in their area, though, there are ways you can entice them into your yard.

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A feeder placed lower to the ground and near some dense brush is more likely to attract them than one hanging high in a tree.

During breeding season, you can find them most easily in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Louisiana.

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Migration season takes them closer to the Gulf Coast on their way to Mexico to spend the winter.

h/t: All About Birds