A rare and colorful bird sighting delights Vermonters

The Painted Bunting is usually spotted in the south.

A rare New England bird sighting is delighting Vermonters this month.

Folks are flocking to Pittsfield, where the colorful male Painted Bunting has been spotted visiting a feeder at a local residence.

There have only been six recorded sightings of the bird in the state, according to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. But the finch is a common sight in the south. They breed in the coastal Southeast and in the south-central U.S., according to the center.

The male birds are known for their rainbow-colored feathers, which are vivid hues of blue, green, yellow, and red, as if they “have flown straight out of a child’s coloring book,” says The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


The bird, which has an injured or deformed foot, was first discovered on March 16.


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