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Indigo Bunting - Passerina cyanea

A small seed-eating bird of the cardinal family. Diet during the summer is insect only, though, and winter seeds. Only the male is blue colored and only through the breeding season. This species breeds in Southern Canada and winters in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Common Names

  • Indigo Bunting (en)
  • Azulejo √≠ndigo (es)
  • Passerin indigo (fr)
  • Indigofink (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Passerina cyanea

Where & When to Spot

The only time I saw this species was in a mixed forest near Granby.

How to Identify

During the breeding season the male is easily identifiable due to its blue colored feathers. The other time of the year the male is brown as the female year long. Bill form and size is a distinguishable characteristic.


Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

granby - 2017-07-22

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;

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