A creature known as ‘the most beautiful bird in North America' has been spotted in New York City's Prospect Park.
The New York Post reports that a mature male painted bunting (Passerina ciris) has been spotted numerous times in the park since Saturday. Over the past several days, hundreds of birdwatchers have flocked to Brooklyn in search of the animal, which is not usually seen that far north.
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In France, the ravishing bird is known as the "nonpareil," which translates roughly to "without equal."
According to AllAboutBirds, "painted buntings are medium-sized finches with stubby, thick, seed-eating bills." The birds are known for their flashy, multi-colored plumage. While females and juveniles are identified by their yellow and green feathers, mature males (such as the one spotted in Brooklyn) sport striking blue, green and red coloration.
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Found throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the painted bunting is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN. In recent decades, a slight population decline has been attributed primarily to habitat destruction and urban development.
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