A sweet sounding songbird looking very singularly suave in his suit of indigo blue

He’s covered in a beautiful shade of indigo blue, but only during certain seasons!

These birds are 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) long on average, with a wingspan of 7-9 inches (18 – 23 cm).

A sweet sounding songbird looking very singularly suave in his suit of indigo blue

They have grey or black legs and feet and a small, cone-shaped bill.

Females are mostly brown, with a darker upper plumage, a faintly streaked chest, and a touch of blue on the tail and shoulders.

The Indigo Bunting is primarily found in eastern North America.

Although isolated populations can be found in some areas of the western United States.

The Indigo Bunting prefers brushy and weedy habitats near farmland, orchards, woods, powerline and railroad openings, swamps, and streams. Males are frequently heard.

A sweet sounding songbird looking very singularly suave in his suit of indigo blue

Indigo Buntings forage for insects and seeds on the ground or in trees or shrubs.

During the winter, they are frequently seen feeding in large groups.

The male selects and defends a breeding territory, whereas the female selects a nest site and constructs a nest out of leaves, grass, and bark.

This is typically constructed low in a dense shrub or small tree.

These birds are monogamous, but not always devoted to their mate.

They frequently hybridize with the Lazuli Bunting in the western part of their range.

A sweet sounding songbird looking very singularly suave in his suit of indigo blue

The female lays one to five eggs and incubates them for 12 to 14 days.

She is the sole provider of food and care for the chicks. The chicks fledge when they are 8-14 days old, but they remain with the female for a few weeks longer.

In favorable conditions, the female may produce more than one brood per year.

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