Which blue bird is it?


Indigo bunting in the flowers.


A female something. I was told this is a female blue grosbeak. It looks like it but it also looks a little like a female indigo bunting.


People were saying this was a blue grosbeak.  It looks just like an indigo bunting to me. In my Stokes Birding Guide, the blue grosbeak has brown in his feathers.


Another blue bird. Grosbeak or bunting?


Female blue grosbeak?


This one is easy. A male painted bunting on a rusted fence.


I’m going with indigo bunting on both above and below.


More pictures from spring migration at Fort Desoto. These little blue birds are throwing me off. There was flashes of blue everywhere. Both indigo buntings and blue grosbeak with a few painted buntings thrown in. People were saying this and that was a blue “something”. They all look like indigo buntings now that I have gone back and looked them up.  The female indigo doesn’t have the darker brown feathers that the female blue grosbeak has so I’m pretty sure the females are grosbeaks.  Way too much work for a hobby. Anyway, most of the migrating birds are gone. Now all we are left with are the usual summer birds.

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16 thoughts on “Which blue bird is it?

  1. All just gorgeous! The Blue Grosbecks are 5.5 to 7.5 inches and they have a rusty color on their wings. If I had to bet, I would say these are Indigos! 🙂

    Great shots!

  2. Pretty birds. All birds should be as easy to identify as the Painted Bunting! “A female something” is a very pretty girl! She does look more like a Grosbeak.

  3. Wow! Fantastic photos. I have a lot of trouble with bird identification. I’m sure you are much better than I am, but I can sure relate!

  4. Beautiful photos! I love that painted bunting on the rusted fence, just great! You should be able to tell the difference between the two species by their beaks. The indigo’s top beak is very narrow – easier to see in head-on shots. And I think the grosbeak is a larger bird. Gail over at Louisiana Belle posted some shots of both species a few days ago, you may want to check them out – have a great week!

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