Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Mark & Danielle Motley

Mark & Danielle Motley

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

624 Coleman Boulevard,
Moultrie Plaza
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: (843) 216-8800
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mark & Danielle are the owners of the Wild Birds Unlimited in Mt. Pleasant. If you need anything please do not hesitate to contact us. We are very passionate about our store and our hobby!

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How to Attract Painted Buntings

Painted Buntings can be very shy birds. They are often skittish around people and other birds, especially larger birds like the grackles & crows. The Buntings are more commonly found in the yards of those that live on or near a marsh or beach. They do love to hang out in brushy areas or in full bushy trees such as the crape myrtle. These are areas that they can hide out in and seek protection from predators or larger birds if needed.


  • FOOD: Buntings are seed eaters and will also indulge in insects during the nesting season. You can attract them to your yard with white millet in your feeder. This is the most common food buntings visit feeders for. They just love it.

  • FEEDER: The white millet seed should be provided in a tube feeder to attract the buntings. White millet is also a favorite of the doves & pigeons so if you were to provide it in a tray feeder you would likely get those birds taking over the feeder leaving little room for the buntings.
  • Add a Cage: Most of our customers have the best success attracting the buntings when they add a cage around the feeder. The cage helps keep the larger birds out and the buntings seem to feel more protected in an enclosed feeder.
  • Location: Keeping in mind that the buntings are shy, they would prefer the feeder to be in a more sheltered area. That being said they will obviously find the feeder faster in a more open area. You are always able to move your feeder to a more protected area once they are coming to your feeder.

Will you get the buntings? If you follow our steps your chances are pretty good. If you live near the marsh, beaches, or rivers your chances are even better. That being said, you must keep in mind that the bunting population has been on a steady decline for several years. They are commonly trapped and sold as caged birds (illegally) & they are suffering from major habitat loss. They are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, and on the Partners in Flight Watch List as a species of concern. Keep that in mind as you are trying to attract the buntings to your yard and know that you may be unsuccessful for a season or two before you see these fascinating birds show up in your yard.



For those interested in learning more about the Painted Buntings we are including some links for you to click through and enjoy at your own leisure.


General Information including fun facts, sounds, & a video.


Conservation Information


See Painted Buntings at the Center for Birds of Prey. Visit their "special bird walk".


Attracting the Painted Buntings Through Plants


Learn More about Painted Buntings Being Trapped & How to Report Such Behavior


VIDEO: Painted Bunting Singing