Photography of Birds – Set # 267
Set # 267
The indigo bunting is a smallish songbird, around the size of a small sparrow. It measures 11.5–15 cm (4.5–5.9 in) long, with a wingspan of 18–23 cm (7.1–9.1 in). Body mass averages 14.5 g (0.51 oz), with a reported range of 11.2–21.4 g (0.40–0.75 oz). During the breeding season, the adult male appears mostly a vibrant cerulean blue. Only the head is indigo. The wings and tail are black with cerulean blue edges. In fall and winter plumage, the male has brown edges to the blue body and head feathers, which overlap to make the bird appear mostly brown. The adult female is brown on the upperparts and lighter brown on the underparts. It has indistinct wing bars and is faintly streaked with darker markings underneath.
About two thirds of an adult bluebird’s diet consists of insects and other invertebrates. The remainder is made up of wild fruits or berries. It has a preference for grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, and beetles; and will also eat earthworms, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, sowbugs, and snails.
Bluebirds feed by perching on a high point, such as a branch or fence post, and swooping down to catch insects on or near the ground. The availability of a winter food source will often determine whether or not a bird will migrate. If bluebirds do remain in a region for the winter, they group and seek cover in heavy thickets, orchards, or other areas in which adequate food and cover resources are available.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
HJ, you keep enticing me with your beautiful bright blue birds, I love them all ! Your Bluebirds feed in a similar way to our Robins.
Thank you very much, Ashley. Very soon we’ll see all kinds of blue birds. 🙂
Thanks a lot, Susan. 🙂
Love those blue birds, HJ.
Thank you, Chris. 🙂
Two beautifully blue birds, H.J. Here where we stay in Pretoria, blue is an important colour, for the Blue Bulls is our passionately supported Rugby team!
I didn’t know that! Go Blue, Rah-rah-rah! Thanks, D. 🙂
Beautiful blues, HJ! 💙
Yes, they are! Thanks, Donna. 🙂
We have never seen an indigo bunting before. Thanks for sharing 🙏 🙏
Have a happy week
The Fab Four of Cley
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I’m very glad that you did, it’s a gorgeous bird! 🙂 Have a happy week too! 🙂