June Bird of the Month: Indigo Bunting

The Indigo Bunting on a tree branch

The Indigo Bunting is a stunning bird known for the vibrant blue breeding plumage of the males. These are a migratory bird that spend their summer breeding season with us and are usually spotted in late April or early May.

As mentioned, during breeding season males are a rich, bright blue, whereas females are a brown color that can make them hard to identify. These birds prefer open woodlands, brushy areas, and tree areas along roadsides and fields. Despite their dazzling appearance, Indigo Buntings can be elusive, making sightings even more special. They prefer insects, seeds, and berries and are not often seen at feeders, but can be encouraged to visit with small seeds, such as Nyjer/thistle, or mealworms.

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