indigo bunting

noun

: 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 All indigo buntings eventually molt into brown plumage in the fall. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The Bird House at the National Zoo is home to scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and American yellow warblers. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 The bright orange belly of a Baltimore oriole, the gleaming crimson feathers of a summer tanager and the royal blue plumage of an indigo bunting are naturally eye-catching. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2023 Some earlier-than-expected arrivals included a green heron in Wellfleet, a scarlet tanager in Eastham, a black-and-white warbler in Sandwich, and indigo buntings in Yarmouth and Orleans. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2023 Notable early migrants last week were a pectoral sandpiper in Ipswich and an indigo bunting at a feeder in Nantucket. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 The scientists assessed a number of papers stretching back as far as 2004 to draw their conclusion, researching the behavior of species including the Acadian flycatcher, brown-headed cowbird, indigo bunting and worm-eating warbler. Sara Spary, CNN, 16 Nov. 2020 At Horn Pond, an indigo bunting and a Cape May warbler. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2022 Butterflies floated over stalks of milkweed, and an indigo bunting piped from a treetop at the edge of a ragged field. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 31 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indigo bunting was in 1783

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“Indigo bunting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigo%20bunting. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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