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The painted bunting, known among the Cajun people as nonpareil because of his unparalleled beauty, comes to southern Louisiana sometime in late April or early May and remains in the area throughout the breeding season. There is a forested area next door to my home which is a perfect habitat for these glorious little birds. I hear the male singing long before I ever see him, and is his song memorable! He can really belt out a tune. He is extremely shy, however, and seldom makes himself visible, but once in a while I do see him near the birdbath where he loves to splash. Last year, he came to my patio birdbath, but this year the male is staying further away from the house and visiting a bath further out in the yard so I don’t see him as frequently. These birds are endangered south of the border because the bird is not protected by law there and people have trapped them to use as cage birds and have threatened their numbers as a result. The population along the eastern U.S. coast is diminished because of possible intrusion by the cow bird, but the birds in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas seem to be doing fine. I hope they will be with us forever as they are truly NONPAREIL!