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Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Genus: Passerina
Species: cyanea (sy-AN-ee-a) (Info)


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Cullman, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Byron, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Anna, Illinois
Carthage, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Crete, Illinois
Mchenry, Illinois
Oak Brook, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Patriot, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Buckfield, Maine
Halifax, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Laurel, Mississippi
Maben, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Brunswick, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Franklin, New Hampshire
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Corning, Ohio
Glenmont, Ohio
Mount Orab, Ohio
New Milford, Pennsylvania
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Dickson, Tennessee
Morristown, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee
Sugar Land, Texas
Woodville, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
Walla Walla, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 27, 2013, tlm1 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

We see these beautiful little guys during the late winter here. They do eat from our seed feeders, along with our other usual 'finch' customers. They only hang around for a few weeks, but they are such a wonderful joy in what can be a dreary time of year.


On Apr 18, 2012, Hagar3 from Byron, GA wrote:

I saw one male at my feeder in the early spring of 2011.


On Apr 21, 2011, Wyldeflowre from Rural Hall, NC wrote:

My mother, 95 years old, spied an Indigo Bunting in her yard (Zip Code 27127) last summer (2010).


On May 31, 2010, ktellef from Crete, IL wrote:

I was riding my horse on the Wauponsee trail, in Will County, IL. Saw the most brilliant blue bird flying around the marshy area to the side of the trail, south of the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie access. Ended up seeing about a half dozen of them. I had heard of indigo buntings before but wasn't sure so I checked in here. If I had a bird list (I don't) I would be able to add this beautiful guy to my list!


On Mar 21, 2010, Martin_Taylor from Mountain Home, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

When it begins to warm, and nesting begins, we have between 3 and 4 nesting pairs.

We also get a male, Painted Bunting on occasion. Have not seen a female at the feeders.


On Dec 3, 2009, SageOne from Birmingham, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Had a lone female hanging around my Gordonia tree back in September, for at least 3 days. Never saw a male. Surely though where females congregate there should be a male?! I guess I'll have to wait until next year to see if my place (and Gordonia) catches on with the hip Indigo Bunting crowd.


On Mar 5, 2009, canipity from Parkesburg, PA wrote:

Beautiful electric blue bird. We get a couple of these at our feeders eating sunflowers or thistle. One of my favorites.


On Jan 1, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is by for the bluest bird in southwest Ohio! It mainly feeds on berries. Grapes and Raspberries ideally. (I should know. They "berry-nap" as many berries as they can eat from ea. bush or vine .)