Indigo Bunting male 5/16/18

A sparrow-sized member of the Cardinal family, Indigo Buntings have a cerulean blue body while only the head is a true indigo. They like old fields, woody edges, farmland and open woodland where the male sings his fairly complex song from a high perch, usually a treetop, but sometimes a wire. Winter males are brown with speckled patchy bits of blue, while females and immatures are brown all over with highlights of blue in the wings and tail. In summer they mostly forage for insects, and raise their young on protein, becoming seedeaters in winter.

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