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Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea  

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Indigo Bunting

Nest down low, no more than two feet off the ground. Females are the main caretakers of the nest and the young.  They prefer abandoned land over urban areas and deep forests - often found in brush alongside the road. These birds migrate at night, using the stars for navigation, and often have the same problem many migrant birds have - flying into windows and buildings. Lights and reflecting tape/stickers can help this little bird, and it’s not a hard thing to do.

Protected by the Migratory Bird Act and their populations remain stable.

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About This Animal

SIZE   5.5 inches

RANGE  Midwest and Eastern United States

HABITAT  Found in fields, orchards, forest edges, roadsides, and dry brush land

DIET  These birds are foragers, looking for insects and invertebrates, grass seeds, grains, and berries