For the past week, a bird rarely seen north of Tennessee has been hunkering down in a park in Brooklyn. The bird is a male painted bunting. The species typically flies south to Florida or Central America for the winter, yet here it is in Brooklyn — much to the delight of bird lovers and locals enraptured by its lovely hues.
The painted bunting boasts colors that seem to have come from an artist’s palette. It has a bold blue head, orange chest, neon green back and red wings. It’s quite stunning. The NYC Audubon believes the bird is a “vagrant” that went astray during migration, or was swept out of its path by warm air masses from El Nino.
The painted bunting is a cornucopia of color…a veritable rainbow of beauty!