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Passerina
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Painted Bunting
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Genus: Passerina
Vieillot, 1816
Species

See text.

Synonyms

Guiraca
Linaria Bartram, 1791

The genus Passerina is a group of birds in the Cardinal family Cardinalidae. Although not directly related to buntings in the family Emberizidae, they are sometimes known as the North American buntings (the North American Emberizidae are colloquially called "sparrows" although they are also not related to these birds).

The males show gaudy colours in the breeding season, except the Painted Bunting, in which the plumage is year-round[1]; the plumage of females and immature birds is brown or green[1]. These birds go through two molts in a year; the males are generally less colourful in winter, such as in the Indigo Bunting[1]. They have moderately long legs[2]. They have short, conical birds[2]; they mainly eat seeds and insects[3].

Blue Grosbeak (P. caerulea) was once placed in the monotypic genus, Guiraca.

Species

References

  1. ^ a b c Dunn, Jon L. and Alderfer, Jonathan (2011). National Geographic Guide to the Birds of North America. National Geographic Society. ISBN 1426200722. 
  2. ^ a b Stokes, Donald W. and Stokes, Lilian Q. (2010). Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9770316010504 Check |isbn= value: invalid prefix (help). 
  3. ^ Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 
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