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Indigo Bunting Cardinal 15 cm long, male and female have different plumage

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Indigo oatmeal cardinal

Indigo Bunting Cardinal 15 cm long, male and female have different plumage. In breeding plumage, a blue-dyed male has a dark tail, wing feathers dark with a blue border, and a black bridle stripe. In winter plumage, it has feathers with a blue border and a whitish belly and bottom of the tail. The female has brown plumage with clear stripes on the chest and yellow-brown stripes on the wings. The call-up call is a sharp "cyc".

1. Distribution

In summer, it lives in southeastern Canada and the eastern half of the United States, where it inhabits open, light forests. Winters in the West Indies and Central America. In the British Isles, there are individuals who have escaped from captivity.

2. Behavior

The Indigo Oatmeal Cardinal searches the ground, bushes and trees for seeds, buds, berries, insects and spiders. After the nesting period, flocks of birds go south, guided by the stars.

3. Reproduction

A bowl-shaped nest is built from leaves, branches and grass, in most cases closer to the ground on low bushes or trees, lining it with thin plant fibers, feathers and animal hair. Clutch consists of 3 - 4 pale blue eggs. In the western distribution area, the Indigo Bunting Cardinal also mates with the Azure Bunting Cardinal.

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