Everyone knows I love wild birds so I often receive gifts with birds drawn or sculpted on them. Inevitably I try to identify the bird the artist used as a model.
Most products are made overseas nowadays, so the models could be real Chinese birds or inaccurately drawn from photographs of North American or European species. I rarely assume they are totally fictional.
However, if I'd never seen a male painted bunting I'd think the artists invented this bird.
Chuck Tague photographed this one at a feeder at Merritt Island, Florida.
(photo by Chuck Tague)