Monday, May 9, 2011

The Indigo Bunting...

Probably the most vibrant colored bird that visits my feeders...   On second thought, Cardinals and Goldfinches are also at the extremes on the color scale, but I think the fact that the Indigo Bunting is not a frequent visitor makes it seem to stand out among the others.

Here are the facts on this beautiful bluebird...
  • It's a summer resident of most of the mid and eastern United States and migrates south during the fall to winter in Central America. 
  • It is in the same family (Cardinalidae) as Cardinals, Grosbeaks and Allies. I have to admit that I originally thought this bird was a blue finch...
  • Even though this Bunting isn't a common sight at my property, its numbers are fortunately not on the decline.
  • The Indigo Bunting migrates at night using the stars for guidance.  Supposedly this is a skill learned as a young bird observing the night sky.  An experienced, older bird can return to their previous nesting site even if held captive during the winter and released far from their normal wintering area.
  • The male displays his brilliantly blue colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.  It looks as if the male in my photos is definitely in that season...





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18 comments:

  1. I never knew there are birds with indigo colour other than canary or parrots. What a cutie.

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  2. I love the Indigo Bunting. How fortunate you are to have it visiting your feeders;-) I saw one just one time in my yard...but never since that time a couple of years ago. I do see a lot of bluebirds, and the males are a very bright, lovely shade of blue...but the Indigo Bunting is simply vibrant!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous colours.

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  4. Beautiful photos of a beautiful bird,unbelievable!

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  5. ...beautiful captures of the Indigo...that blue is always mesmerizing!

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  6. Beautiful bird. That's another one I'd love to see some time.

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  7. I wish I could get them to come to my feeder!! hahaha! I love them and finally learned their call and song! Sometimes it's hard to spot them in the woods! Thanks Rebecca! Lovely!

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  8. Oh, they are gorgeous, aren't they? Great captures!

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  9. Great photos! - imagine the color contrast with a male Cardinal in the back ;-)

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  10. What a beautiful bird to have at your feeder. They are stunning. Great work.

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  11. How lucky you are to have them visiting your feeders! We have them in the yard, they like to perch on the wire and sing but they never venture near our feeders.
    Heather

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  12. Rebecca, What kind of feed do you use in your feeders? I would love to attract a blue bunting. As always beautiful photos and what a great subject.
    the wanna be country girl - Caroline

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  13. Wow...what a beautiful little bird....so colourful

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  14. Bang up shots! I would love to see this beautiful bird! The lighting in your pictures is heavenly!

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  15. A beautiful bird that would make any birder proud that it visited the feeders. Nice captures!

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  16. What a gorgeous bird -- its colors are really spectacular!

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  17. How fortunate, I've never seen one of these! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

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