Bunting, any of several species of birds found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Buntings are generally small and stocky, and have conical bills used for cracking open seeds. Many species have brightly colored plumage.
The indigo bunting is found in the eastern parts of the United States and Canada, the lazuli bunting in the western parts. The painted bunting is found in the southeastern United States, the lark bunting in the Great Plains and the Southwest. These four species generally winter in Mexico or Central America. The snow bunting lives in North America, Europe, and Asia—breeding in the northern parts and wintering in the southern or central parts. Other buntings found in the Old World include the yellowhammer, corn bunting, reed bunting, and ortolan. In Britain, certain sparrows are called buntings.
Buntings belong to the family Emberizidae. The indigo bunting is Passerina cyanea; lazuli bunting, P. amoena; painted bunting, P. ciris; lark bunting, Calamospiza melanocorys; snow bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis.