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Indigo Bunting

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Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
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Bird Spotting: At first glance male indigo buntings appear to be solid black, but caught in the right sunlight the bird becomes a brilliant electric blue. Due to their need to be inconspicuous while raising their broods, however, females are a drab brown.

Habitat: Indigo buntings find comfort in open areas with plenty of bushes and shrubs to raise their young. Look for these birds along the edges of cultivated areas, fields with bushes and weeds, and even power line rights of way.

Nesting: Indigo buntings build nests of leaves and grass held together with spiderwebs or deer hair. The completed compact cup is placed in a bush or mound of thick vegetation near the ground. Three or four white eggs make up a single clutch.

Bird Bite: Unlike most birds, the indigo blue migrates at night using the stars to navigate.

Backyard Tip: The indigo bunting visits yards where dandelions, goldenrod and thistle grow.


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