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Indigo Bunting

Text by Akshay Manohar

Photos © Tony Coomer, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Woodbridge, Virginia

Indigo Bunting
Passerina cyanea

Many, many years ago, sailors used the stars at night to guide them on their voyages. While we use GPS and other techniques to travel the seas these days, some ornithologists think that Indigo Buntings have been using the stars much before we began to, to fly around at night.

Covered in a dark plumage, they hide in the night's darkness, to travel south in the winters.

During the summer, they live in many parts of mainland United States and in parts of Canada and Mexico.

Just as certain types of music are popular in different countries and even different states, Indigo Buntings from different neighborhoods sing different tunes and songs. The males learn their songs from other males, instead of from their parents.

You can find these birds in woodland areas where they live.

They like to eat worms and insects in the summers and seeds in the winters.