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"Indigo Bunting vs. Blue Grosbeak"

Indigo Bunting (male, left; female, right)

Indigo BuntingThe Indigo Bunting is a rather slim bird with a short, thick bill. During the breeding season adult males are a solid deep blue; during the non-breeding season (September-April), males are brown with a variable amount of blue scattered throughout.

· Smaller bodied
· Bright blue body and head
· Blackish wings and tail
· Blue wing coverts with no wingbars
· Smaller bill
· Found in deciduous forests
Female –
· Buffy brownish chest with dusky streaks
· Brown head and upperparts
· Darker brown wings and tail with blue-edged feathers
· Two tawny buff wing bars.



Blue Grosbeak (male, left; female, right)

Blue Grosbeak - Blue Grosbeaks are somewhat secretive but can be found across Tennessee during the summer months. The male and female are very different in appearance, but share the large cone-shaped bill. The male is deep blue with two large rusty-brown wing-bars; the female is mostly brown with two buffy-brown wing-bars.
· Larger bodied

· Dark blue body and head
· Blackish wings and tail
· Blackish wings have prominent rusty wingbars

· Large, heavy, cone-shaped bill

· Found in open areas with nearby shrubs and trees.


Female –
· Dull brown overall
· Cinnamon buff underparts and throat
· Darker brown streaking on back
· 2 chestnut wingbars

Blue Grosbeak species account