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Sun Jun 16, 2024, 01:32 PM Jun 16

Indigo Bunting in Central Park's Wildflower Meadow [View all]

Manhattan Bird Alert

''The beautiful blue color comes only from light diffraction not blue pigment, with feathers in lower or less-direct light appearing black.''

10:38 AM · Jun 15, 2024

Apr 29, 2010
This sweet little video celebrates the Indigo Bunting and its song. It features footage I obtained from Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. Look carefully at the second clip in the sequence—you can see the bird's breath condensing when he sings!

The strident, high-pitched, lively song of the male is usually made up of a series of doubled phrases: "sweet, sweet, chew, chew, see-it, see-it".

The Indigo Bunting gets its name from it's beautiful indigo blue color. Although quite common in shrubby clearings over much of the East, this species is not well known to the general public and is often confused with the Eastern Bluebird (there are only a handful of North American birds that are primarily blue in coloration).

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