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blue grosbeak

Passerina caerulea

Description:

spotted at Smith Oak's High Island Spring Migration. Black in front of eyes extending down to bill. Flight feathers dark brown to black, with blue edging. Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Blue all over, with brown wingbars. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Body blue with brownish feather edges. Male Description Black in front of eyes extending down to bill. Flight feathers dark brown to black, with blue edging. Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Blue all over, with brown wingbars. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Body blue with brownish feather edges. Female Description Brown all over, with some blue feathers on back. Flight feathers dark brown to black, with brown edging. First-year female resembles adult female, with even less blue on the upperparts. First-year male, through the first full summer of life, shows plumage intermediate between that of adult female and adult male, with variable amounts of blue mixed with brown

Habitat:

Forest edge, fields, power-line cuts, riparian areas, hedgerows, and other areas with medium-sized trees and low shrub density.

Notes:

The Blue Grosbeak formerly was placed in its own genus, Guiraca. Similarities with buntings in genetics, behavior, molts, and plumages led to its inclusion in the bunting genus Passerina. Genetic evidence indicates that the Lazuli Bunting is its closest relative.

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12 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

Thanks Melissa Ferguson for the compliments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Rieko

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Beautiful bird. Very nice pictures.

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 7 years ago

So awesome, Susan!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks LandmarkExpert!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

wow! wonderful photography, susan~~~!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Sandra

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 7 years ago

What a pretty bird ..love the pictures

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Nayeli!

Nayeli
Nayeli 7 years ago

Pretty colors! Great shot Susan

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Yuko!!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Beautiful spot, as always!

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 7, 2013

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