The Painted Bunting is like a flying rainbow. A fairly common finch in coastal and south-central U.S., their bright colors make them attractive for illegal trade in their wintering grounds of south Florida, the Caribbean and, Mexico. This illegal activity puts tremendous pressure on their population. A recent rangewide survey of this bunting indicates that the population is much higher than previous population estimate.
ACJV staff and partners work to conserve shrub/scrub maritime forest habitats in the southeast. In South Carolina, one of the highest densities of the eastern population of Painted Buntings occur from the maritime coastal areas to the agricultural areas of the inner coastal plain. The Painted Bunting is a conservation priority species under the South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative.