- Medium-sized songbird.
- Large silver-gray bill.
- Male deep blue with two brown wingbars.
- Female mostly brown with two brown wingbars.
Male DescriptionBlack in front of eyes extending down to bill. Flight feathers dark brown to black, with blue edging. Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Blue all over, with brown wingbars. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Body blue with brownish feather edges.
Female DescriptionBrown all over, with some blue feathers on back. Flight feathers dark brown to black, with brown edging.
Immature DescriptionFirst-year female resembles adult female, with even less blue on the upperparts. First-year male, through the first full summer of life, shows plumage intermediate between that of adult female and adult male, with variable amounts of blue mixed with brown.