Breaking News: The World’s first Brown Cowbird x Painted Bunting Hybrid!!

//Breaking News: The World’s first Brown Cowbird x Painted Bunting Hybrid!!

The World's first Painted Bunting x Brown Cowbird HybridThe World’s first Painted Bunting x Brown Cowbird Hybrid

I had just finished my shower this morning and opened the front window to get some fresh air when this strange bird flew in and landed on the flowerbed in front of my window. It was so colorful that I quickly grabbed my camera and I was able to get this one image before the bird flew away.

From the plumage pattern, the bill, shape of the bird, colors and the bright red eye ring I was able to ID this fine feathered friend as the world’s first Brown Cowbird x Painted Bunting hybrid ever!! How it came to be in my front yard is a miracle and how these two species bred is too!

Will backyards everywhere soon have the kaleidoscope colored hybrid in their backyards too? Will people start appreciating Brown Cowbirds more if they know they might see one of these wonders sometime soon?  Imagine flocks of these numbering in the thousands, we will all need sunglasses so our eyes don’t melt from the vibrant colors!

Wouldn’t you love to see this gorgeous hybrid too?


April Fools!


  1. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I hope that everyone enjoyed my April Fool’s Day prank!

  2. Jane Chesebrough April 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Oh! I got sucked in!Mia!

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales April 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Happy April Fools’ Day…. I wonder if the cowbird would be so hated if it was as pretty as the painted bunting???

  4. Nicole April 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Reminds me a wee bit of the rainbow lorrikeet… those are such fun birds…

  5. Beverly Everson April 2, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Funny! 😀

  6. Isidro Ortiz April 2, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Guaauuu!!!es precioso

  7. kim April 2, 2013 at 3:39 am

    so funny mia! i needed something to make me smile this evening 🙂

  8. Traci W April 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    WOW Mia!!!!! Sooooo cool!!! Thanks for sharing this and all your other spectacular images!

  9. Kathleen April 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    A nice laugh, thanks!

  10. Prairie Birder April 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Happy April Fools Day, Mia! That is one colorful bird!

  11. eric c11 April 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    happy april fools day mia !!!
    it s a wonderfull photoshop colloration done there ;-P
    see you soon

  12. M. Firpi April 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Sometimes hybrids are very exotic looking, it’s happens with plants. I’s great you documented this.

  13. Tami April 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    So this is why airline tickets to SLC have sky rocketed in the last 24 hours. Birders are flocking to see this gorgeous specimen! Congrats on being the first to document, Mia 🙂

  14. Joanie Haris April 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Thank you so much for your pictures & comments. Happy April Fools Day!!

  15. Scott Simmons April 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Woa! That’s the prettiest cowbird I ever did see! 🙂

  16. Claire Baker April 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I heard that Mackin Smith, Sandy Komito, Greg Miller,and Benton Basham are already there and gone. And that ABA listers are en route. Prepare for the onslaught! Also, the Swarovski team is sponsoring the watch.

  17. Loekie April 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Happy April Fools day, Mia. Very good one and a good Photoshop job.

  18. Sam Brunson April 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Anyone want to carpool?

  19. Laurence Butler April 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Just booked my flight!

  20. Robert Mortensen April 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Awesome. I’m driving to Salt Lake right now to see this!!!

  21. Carroll Tarvin April 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Happy April 1st to you, also. I could never call you a fool(er). Thanks for the fun.

  22. Steve Grobschmidt April 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Embarrassed to say I fell for this for a brief moment too!

    Regardless, fun start to a work week 🙂

  23. Sherry in MT April 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I think I’d freak if I saw something this colorful in my yard. We have tons of cowbirds but no painted buntings so probably not likley. So COOL that you got the shot and now we know you always LITERALLY have your camera with you even outside the shower – LOL.

  24. John Randall April 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Ya had me there for a second… too cute !

  25. Azstu April 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    very Funny Mia 😉

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