Indigo Bunting

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Male Indigo Bunting

We’ve been hearing reports from our Hawk Mountain staff of indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) being spotted while backyard birding!

The beautiful cerulean plumage of the males can easily be spotted against the bright green background of new spring foliage. During the winter, this species will migrate all the way to northern South America. It’s nice to see our seasonal friends return for the spring! Indigo buntings are a seed-eating member of the cardinal family, Cardinalidae. Female indigo buntings are brown year-round, while the male displays brightly colored plumage only during breeding season.

Photo by Johannes Jansen.