Male (naturally, gets the bold colours) painted bunting, the only bird with red underparts and a blue head. Found in southeastern U.S. as well as central US and eastern half of Mexico. Numbers are thought to be diminishing because of habitat loss and the practice of capturing,( in Mexico,) and caging the brilliant bird for sale abroad. This male was photographed in north central Texas using an Olympus 510 DSLR with 400 mm lens. Photo take by Joyce Baxter. July 2009.
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