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Indigo Bunting Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Indigo Buntings are small (roughly sparrow-sized), stocky birds with short tails and short, thick, conical bills. In flight, the birds appear plump with short, rounded tails.

    Relative Size

    Sparrow-sized; slightly smaller than a House Finch

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
      • Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz (12-18 g)
      • Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in (19-22 cm)

Regional Differences