indigo bunting

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Migratory birds in the Eastern US are struggling to adapt to climate change," 27 May 2020 In 1967, researchers in Michigan temporarily captured several indigo buntings during their autumn migration. Fiona Mcmillan, National Geographic, "From dung beetles to seals, these animals navigate by the stars," 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, "From dung beetles to seals, these animals navigate by the stars," 4 Nov. 2019 There were 26 field sparrows, five prairie warblers, and five indigo buntings. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Indigo bunting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigo%20bunting. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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