- Passerina cyanea
L. 5 1/2" (14 cm)
- Bright blue, almost iridescent plumage (color produced by diffraction)
- Crown is darker with a purple tint
- Wings and tail have some black
- Plain brown
- Paler beneath
Blue Grosbeak, which is bigger and has rusty wingbars; Blue Bunting is very similar, but has a dark blue body, brighter blue supercilium and forecrown and is only occasionally found in the USA, in extreme south Texas, as a vagrant.
Breeds throughout the eastern United States east of eastern North Dakota, western Colorado, and western New Mexico. Rare to uncommon west of range. Winters south to Greater Antilles, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. Accidental vagrant to the UK and Sweden.
Brushy slopes, abandoned farmland, old pastures and fields grown to scrub, woodland clearings, and forest edges adjacent to fields.
Forages in trees, shrubs and on the ground for insects, buds, berries and seeds.
A compact woven cup of leaves and grass is built in bush or sapling in quite thick vegetation, a few feet from the ground. The 3 or 4 white to pale blue eggs are incubated by the female for 12 to 14 days.
A fast, lively warble, with each phrase or note repeated twice.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Indigo Bunting. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Indigo_Bunting
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