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

Examples of indigo bunting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reports featured a great egret in Pittsfield, ospreys in Pittsfield and Richmond, a cackling goose in South Egremont, and a late indigo bunting in Williamstown., 23 Oct. 2021 That indigo bunting calling from the woods might have flown up from Belize. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 These included residential species like Carolina wrens and tufted titmice, as well as indigo buntings, hooded warblers, and other birds that spend their winters in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, 27 May 2020 In 1967, researchers in Michigan temporarily captured several indigo buntings during their autumn migration. Fiona Mcmillan, National Geographic, 4 Nov. 2019 Like many migratory songbirds, indigo buntings of North America fly south for winter—and prefer to do so at night. Fiona Mcmillan, National Geographic, 4 Nov. 2019 There were 26 field sparrows, five prairie warblers, and five indigo buntings., 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, 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, 28 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of indigo bunting

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Indigo bunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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