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    Indigo Bunting Identification

    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