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Old Saturday 5th May 2007, 21:26   #1
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Indigo Bunting or Blue Finch??

Never have seen one of these before at my feeder. Was able to snap a quick pic of it. It looks like a Blue Finch/Grosbeak, But it lacks the rusty wingbars. What do yall think?
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Old Saturday 5th May 2007, 21:32   #2
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Indigo for me and boy are they ever prevelant all over this year.
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Old Saturday 5th May 2007, 21:35   #3
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This is a male Indigo Bunting - a beautiful bird. It is not a Blue Grosbeak for a few reasons, one of which is, as you mention, the lack of rufous wingbars (other reasons are a brighter shade of blue on Indigos, which are smaller...). However, you seem to have some (absolutely reasonable) confusion - the Blue Grosbeak isn't a finch. There ARE finches with the name grosbeak (Pine, Evening, Hooded...), but they are family Fringillidae. The Blue Grosbeak is in Cardinalidae, along with cardinals, New World buntings (including Indigo), and other grosbeaks including Rose-breasted, Black-headed, Yellow, etc.

English names can be quite confusing at times!
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Just did some looking into the name "Blue Finch" and it happens to actually be another species in (here's the shocker) Cardinalidae! Porphyrospiza caerulescens - sometimes called Yellow-billed Blue Finch. Range is within South America, here are some photos of it:

http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/Y...-finch(CL).jpg
http://www.worldbirder.com/photo/photos/2383.jpg

So go figure - there IS a Cardinalid with finch in the name.
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