I’ve been waiting for this fellow for over a year now. Last summer he kept himself well hidden. Painted buntings come to southern Louisiana for the breeding season and I’ve been fortunate enough to have some nesting in the woodlands near my home. I hear them singing their distinctive songs, but I seldom see them. They are naturally shy and elusive, especially the male. Finally, after a long wait, this male showed his beautiful self and gave me a few seconds to snap his picture. The female bunting is varied shades of green whereas the male is flamboyant and showy with a rich red breast, a yellow and green back, a bright blue head, and a red eye ring. Painted buntings are known in Cajun French Louisiana as nonpareil (meaning "without parallel). It’s understandable how this delightful little bird earned this name. Hope to post more sightings before the summer ends. Thank you for viewing.
Here is Mrs. Bunting: