Indigo Buntings are small songbirds known for their striking coloration. Males exhibit a vibrant deep blue plumage, which appears brightest in direct sunlight and gives them their name - 'Indigo'. Females and young buntings are brown with a subtle hint of indigo on their wings and tail.
These remarkable creatures can be found across North America, particularly in areas with open spaces interspersed with trees or shrubs. They're frequent visitors at bird feeders.
As migratory birds, Indigo Buntings travel thousands of miles each year between their winter homes in Central America and the Caribbean to breeding grounds in North America.
Engaging singers, Indigo Buntings use songs not only to communicate but also to define territories.
Their unique characteristics make them popular amongst bird enthusiasts and those who appreciate natural beauty.