Rose-bellied Bunting

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Passerina rositae

Rose-bellied Bunting

The Rose-bellied Bunting, also known as the Rosita's Bunting is a species of bird in the family Cardinalidae.

It measures about 5.3 - 5.7 inches in length.

Males have bright electric-blue heads and upperparts. They have dark lores and white eyerings. Belly and vent are blue, becoming salmon-pink. Flanks are blue.

Females have grayish-brown heads and upperparts, sometimes with hint of bluish. Wings are dull brown with less contrasting buff-brown edging. They have pale broken eyerings. Underparts are buff-browner or pinkish- buff.

Found singly or in small groups feeding mainly in seeding grasses and at all levels in fruiting trees and bushes.

Occurs in arid to semiarid thorn forest and gallery woodlands.

Endemic to a tiny strip of hills along the Pacific slope of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

It is threatened by habitat loss.

Nest is an open cup made from dead leaves, shredded bark and fine weed stems. 3 - 4 eggs are laid.



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