Nonpareil: The Bird Without Equal

The Painted Bunting, known by its french name: nonpareil, meaning “without equal”, is a vividly colored songbird that appears in Missouri during the summer months. With hues of blue, red, yellow, and green, few birds in Missouri can match its impressive plumage. Without equal indeed! Painted Buntings are seed eaters during most of the year, but switch to insects during the summer breeding season. They can be found foraging on the ground in dense underbrush and weedy areas. To find this rare bunting, find areas with dense cover. Look for them along brushy roadsides, the edges of woodlands, and fields interspersed with thickets of scrubs and low trees. The key is low, dense cover. Listen for the male’s song-it will help you zero in on the bird amongst the dense brush.

Painted Bunting are quite rare and difficult to find, so there are no guarantees, but here are some places on the Trail to look for Painted Bunting:

1. Bushwhacker Lake CA.

2. Bois D’Arc CA.

3. Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area.

4. Ozark Greenways Bike Trail.

5. Drury-Mincy CA.

6. Roaring River State Park.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting