Female Indigo Bunting

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© Andrea Petersen
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Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us...
Psalms 90: 17.

We see more of the male Indigo Bunting than we do the female and I have shot very few pictures of the female, who is not quite as striking as the deep blue colored male. yet I believe she has her own beauty with a few streaks of blue showing through her feathers and her tail.
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Passerina Cyanea (Latin name) info from Kaufman Field Guide To Birds Of North America below:

A classic summer bird of the rural east, in farmland brushy pastures, woodland edges. Indigo-blue males (looking black at a distance) sing from wires, bush tops.

Scarce in the west. Flocks of migrants feed on the ground near woods in spring and fall. Adult male is dark blue in spring/summer. Female and fall male are brown, usually with fine streaks on chest, blue tinge on tail. One- year old male in summer may be blue with white belly. Song bright, sweet phrases. the notes often in pairs: weet weet, tsnew tsnew, jif jif, etc. Call notes: hard spuk and thin bzzzt.

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5 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (17 Jul 2013):

    Excellent portrait of this lovely young lady! It's too bad the male gets all the glory, but the female still has a special beauty.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (17 Jul 2013):

    B E A U T I F U L !!!!!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (17 Jul 2013):

    A lovely close-up! I agree with Donald, they have a beauty all their own, something I notice more often with camera in hand.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 Jul 2013):

    Excellent capture of the elusive female, she does have beauty with the blue running through her feathers!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Jul 2013):

    The males are definitely more readily seen because of their striking colors, but the female is equally beautiful (and probably does the lion's share of the work!!) :-)

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