Thursday 3 December 2015
A beautiful rare multi-coloured bird has rapturous nature lovers descending on a New York park in their hundreds.
The unusual specimen, called a painted bunting, has a dark blue head, a bright orange and red breast and a green and yellow back.
He was spotted in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and is thought to be one of only 10 seen in New York since 1927.
The New York Post reported “at least 100” bird enthusiasts were visiting the park every day to see the bird.
“A lot of people are losing their s*** over this bird,” birding tour leader Doug Gochfeld told the paper.
Other birdwatchers were described as “ecstatic” and “shaking” when they clapped eyes on the brightly-coloured male.