Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Program
Deborah Green to Speak at
January General Meeting
Meeting January 13
to the MIWA
Needed For Sightings of Color Banded Painted Buntings
Program and Field Trip Schedule
Help Needed For Sightings
of Color Banded Painted Buntings
W. Sykes Jr.
Biologists with the Biological Resources Division of the
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research
Center-Athens, located on the campus of the University
of Georgia), are conducting studies of the Atlantic Coast
population of the Painted Bunting to better understand
movements, productivity, annual survival, and other aspects
of the bird’s biology. Painted Buntings are being captured
using mist nets and are being banded with colored leg bands
from North Carolina to Florida. This project started in 1999 and
will continue through 2003. Each marked bunting will
have four bands, two on each leg. Three of the bands are
colored and one is silver (a USGS numbered aluminum
band). In most cases, binoculars or a spotting scope will be
required to see the leg bands and correctly determine the
Each bunting has a unique combination of colored bands so that each
individual bird can be identified. A given
combination may have up to three of the same color or all
may be a different color.
Another study in coastal Georgia uses only two bands,
one on each leg. One band is silver and the other band
has two colors (for example, white above red.) Please
report buntings with only two bands also. If you see a
Painted Bunting with colored leg bands, please write down
the band colors, and record the following information:
- Color and location of each band on the bird’s legs. Please
make sure it is the bird’s left and right legs, as in viewing
a bird one can mistakenly reverse the legs; also, the
bottom band is the one nearest the birds toes. Record the
left top, left bottom, right top, and right bottom bands
- Note if the bird’s plumage is green, or if it is a brightly
- Location and date observed.
- Your name, complete address and telephone number.
Send this information to: Paul W. Sykes, Jr., USGS Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center, Warnell School of Forest Resources,
The University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602-2152
Your observations will help greatly increase our knowledge and
understanding of the eastern population of the Painted Bunting.
All reports will be acknowledged. For additional information, see
the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center’s home page at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/.