indigo bunting


Definition of indigo bunting

: a small finch (Passerina cyanea of the family Cardinalidae) chiefly of eastern North America of which the male is largely deep blue in spring and summer

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There were 26 field sparrows, five prairie warblers, and five indigo buntings., "Bird sightings," 8 Sep. 2019 By planting native flowers and grasses, bird watchers soon will begin seeing species like the indigo bunting, sparrows, pheasants, goldfinch and catbirds. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Audubon turns east side park into a haven for bird watchers," 3 Sep. 2019 The art scenes include deer, turkey, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, wildlife heritage with an indigo bunting, sandhill crane or shooting sports. Frank Sargeant, al, "Hard Card hunting and fishing licenses now available," 28 Aug. 2019 The call was that of a young male indigo bunting, high-pitched and simple. Karine Aigner, National Geographic, "Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests," 25 July 2019 Davis stopped and gestured toward two indigo buntings that had landed on a telephone wire nearby. Karine Aigner, National Geographic, "Songbirds are being snatched from Miami’s forests," 25 July 2019 Both blue grosbeaks and indigo buntings sang from the tops of some pines. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 Encounter northern mockingbirds, indigo buntings, and yellow-rumped warblers at Pickering Creek Audubon Center (, a 400-acre sanctuary of trails teeming with coastal wildlife habitats. Stephanie Citron,, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 Up to four male indigo buntings positively glowed brilliant blue in the sun. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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