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This Indigo Bunting was not pleased with me this morning.
He and the Mrs. had a nest nearby. Image taken along a rural
northeast Iowa road using my Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

Indigo Bunting

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.

Size & Shape
Indigo Buntings are small (roughly sparrow-sized), stocky birds with short tails and short, thick, conical bills. In flight, the birds appear plump with short, rounded tails.

Color Pattern
A breeding male Indigo Bunting is blue all over, with slightly richer blue on his head and a shiny, silver-gray bill. Females are basically brown, with faint streaking on the breast, a whitish throat, and sometimes a touch of blue on the wings, tail, or rump. Immature males are patchy blue and brown.

Male Indigo Buntings sing from treetops, shrubs, and telephone lines all summer. This species eats insects, seeds, and berries, and can be attracted to backyards with thistle or nyjer seed. While perching, they often swish their tails from side to side. Fairly solitary during breeding season, Indigo Buntings form large flocks during migration and on their wintering grounds.

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.

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  • James Brotherton
    James Brothertonover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Lorilee!!!

  • Thank you so much, James!!

    – lorilee

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 1 year ago

    Brilliant close up of this stunning little bird Lorilee.

    Cheers Jude xx

  • Thank you, Jude!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture, Lori!!!

  • Thanks, Lynn!!! :o)

    – lorilee

    JOSEPHMAZZUCCOover 1 year ago

    delightful detail, excellent capture lori

  • Thank you so much, Joseph!!

    – lorilee

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747over 1 year ago

    oh have captured my heart…my Love for birds and your captures make me so happy….

  • That makes me happy, too!! Thank you, RoseMarie!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Lorilee!!!

  • Thanks, Albert!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Wow super closeup. I have only seen these once on one day here but they are very striking, great color, details and pose

  • Thank you so much, Byron & Julie!!

    – lorilee

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    Brilliant vibrant capture!!

  • You’re welcome!! Thank you!!

    – lorilee

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 1 year ago

    What a gorgeous bird, and so beautifully captured, Lori!!!

  • Thanks, Brenda!! You’re very kind!!

    – lorilee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture Lori

  • Thank you so much, Larry!!

    – lorilee

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