Indigo Bunting

 

Indigo Buntings are a welcomed summer bird in Georgia. The breeding males are blue all over, with slightly richer blue on his head and a shiny, silver-gray bill. Females are basically brown, with faint streaking on the breast, a whitish throat, and sometimes a touch of blue on the wings, tail, or rump. Indigo Buntings will eat Nyjer and other seeds from your feeders. They are also insect eaters, so having a feeder where you can offer live mealworms can help attract these birds to your yard.

Crazy Cool Facts:

~Indigo Buntings migrate at night, using the stars for guidance. In the late 1960s, researchers demonstrated this by studying captive Indigo Buntings in a planetarium and then under the natural night sky. The birds possess an internal clock that enables them to continually adjust their angle of orientation to a star—even as that star moves through the night sky.

~Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings actually lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue.