Indigo Bunting

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Indigo Bunting, a sparrowlike bird of North America, also called indigo bird and indigo finch. It is smaller than the English sparrow, measuring about 5 � inches (14 cm) in length. The male is deep blue, with black markings on wings and tail. The female is light brown above, buff beneath. Indigo buntings frequent roadsides and forest clearings, feeding chiefly on insects and weed seeds. Their cheery song is heard throughout the day. Three to four pale-bluish eggs are laid in a nest built in a low bush. Indigo buntings breed in the eastern United States and southern Canada, migrating to Colombia and Venezuela in the fall.


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