Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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The male Indigo Bunting is dazzling in an almost iridescent dark blue plumage during breeding. The bunting is a small songbird with a short, thick bill. The females by contrast are a dull brown, which makes her better adapted to hide the nest.

Indigo Buntings spend the winter in Central America and migrate back to our woodlands at night using the stars to navigate. They return to their same breeding site every year.

Look for them in early June to see the males in full colour, they are among the last spring migrant to return to Manitoba. You can find them in a number of woodlands in southern Manitoba. Look for them in Pembina Valley and Spruce Woods Provincial Parks.