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Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea


The all-blue male Indigo Bunting sings with cheerful gusto and looks like a scrap of sky with wings. Sometimes nicknamed "blue canaries," these brilliantly colored yet common and widespread birds whistle their bouncy songs through the late spring and summer all over eastern North America. Look for Indigo Buntings in weedy fields and shrubby areas near trees, singing from dawn to dusk atop the tallest perch in sight or foraging for seeds and insects in low vegetation.


Look for Indigo Buntings in weedy and brushy areas, especially where fields meet forests. They love edges, hedgerows, overgrown patches, and brushy roadsides. When not singing from the tallest perches in the area, they can often be seen foraging among seed-laden shrubs and grasses.


These photos are of a first year male.

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Jack Settle
Jack Settle 9 years ago

Pretty colors! Looks like it had been painted

keithp2012 9 years ago

Wow it looks like a sparrow before it gets the adult coloring very cool!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago

Very Cool!

DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago

Thank you all. I sure wish I could see this young male in a few months, when the rest of his blue feathers grow in.

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

What a beauty!

Wonderful !


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Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2012
Submitted on Feb 25, 2013

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