Like the Painted Bunting I wrote about yesterday, the Indigo Bunting is another difficult bird for me to photograph. I see them all the time in the summer while driving around at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. I will see them in the roadway in front of my pickup and when I get close they will fly into the thick brush. I do get lucky sometimes and can get a clear photo of one. I like the below photo of the male Indigo Bunting because it will give you an idea of its size and where they like to stay.
Male Indigo Bunting At Sequoyah National Wildlife RefugeMale Indigo Bunting - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma
Indigo Bunting Facts
- The habitat of the Indigo Bunting is brushy forest edges, open deciduous woods, second growth woodland, and farmland.
- The Indigo Bunting forages for food on the ground or in trees or shrubs.
- In winter, it often feeds in flocks with other Indigo Buntings, but is a solitary feeder during the breeding season.
- During the breeding season, the species eats insects, seeds and berries, including caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, and grass seeds.
- The seeds of grasses are the mainstay of its diet during the winter, although buds, and insects are eaten when available.
- The young are fed mainly insects at first, to provide them with protein.
- The Indigo Bunting does not drink frequently, generally obtaining sufficient water from its diet. (Wikipedia)