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The painted bunting’s French name, nonpareil, means “without an equal.” The male painted bunting with his gaudy blue, red and green breeding plumage is unmistakable. This showy bird breeds in the south central United States; an eastern population lives along the coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. Painted buntings occasionally steal snacks by plucking insects out of spider webs.