In the 3rd growing season postfire, Indigo buntings
(Passerina cyanea) and northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) were more abundant in recently burned heavy use sites than in light use sites.
Microhabitat features surrounding the song perches of 26 Indigo Buntings
(Passerina cyanea) and 24 Painted Buntings (Passerina ciris) in northeast Texas were compared to determine whether these species were segregated according to habitat.
We observed nine species of birds nesting in plum; loggerhead shrikes, dickcissels (Spiza americana) and indigo buntings
might also nest in plum based on nest requirements (Reinking, 2004).
In his article, "Why Birders Love the Blues," Field Editor Les Line points out that a lot of the information we now have about songbird breeding behavior and navigation tactics comes from studies of the indigo bunting
A male indigo bunting
will utter as many as 680 songs an hour if he's looking for a mate.
CUTLINE: (1) Woodcarver Louis Dennis holds his carving of a pair of indigo buntings
at his Paxton home.
Up at 4:30 to sit in a spot in the woods by a little after 5, listening to everything from crows to cardinals and luminous little indigo buntings
, though nary a gobbler, except that one time.
Brown boobies, kingfishers, spotted sandpipers, blue-winged teal ducks, banana quits, iridescent hummingbirds, indigo buntings
, pink flamingos toucans, blue and green and purple herons, tropical mockingbirds, royal terns, snowy egrets, and palm warblers are just a few of the teeming birds.
There's been the small of hobblebush blooming, the taste of a beech sapling's buds, the songs of indigo buntings
and scarlet tanagers back from the tropics, of towhees and ovenbirds, kingbirds and orioles.
Other birds of interest include American white pelicans, zone-tailed hawks, many warbler species, indigo buntings
, Franklin's and laughing gulls, black-throated sparrows, yellow-breasted chats and American pipits.
Now the indigo buntings
are singing insistently in the walnut tree,
have no blue pigment; they are actually black, but the diffraction of light through the structure of the feathers makes them appear blue.