Melbourne, fl

by Don Toohill
(Melbourne fl)

Have had many birds visiting, but saw today one that I do not know. Blue underbelly, tan wings top side, small with slender over-all body. Thought it was painted bunting at first since we have had them visit, but blue underside did not seem right. Nothing in my very old book. any suggestions.


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Jan 13, 2013
The Right Genus NEW
by: Richard/Gallup, NM

Don, you are very close to the right bird when you thought it might be a painted bunting. I believe your bird is probably a winter male indigo bunting. My experience with spring molting buntings has taught me that there is great variation in the amount of blue on the tanish birds, depending on age, stage of molt, previous seasonal diet, etc., but on the males the stomach almost always shows some blue, with flecking closer to the legs, and sometimes a good deal of blue on the head also. First year males are usually all brown with blue appearing plotched on the chest and belly. Mind that the indigo bunting and painted bunting are both in the same genus, and I will compliment you on your observation skill.

Aug 08, 2012
by: Anonymous

an Eastern Bluebird?

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