Blue Bunting

Cyanocompsa parellina

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

BLBU

Code 6

CYAPAR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White to light blue



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

11 - 13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In bush or low in small tree.



Nest Material:

Grasses and rootlets, with lining of finer materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Blue Bunting: Small, stocky bunting with stout, black bill. Male is deep blue overall with black face and upper breast. Female is uniformly brown with gray bill.

Range and Habitat

Blue Bunting: Resident of coastal regions in Mexico, throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, and northern areas of Central America. It is a rare vagrant to lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. May be found in brushy fields and forests, woodland edges and scrubby thickets. Typically forages low in the forest understory.

Breeding and Nesting

Blue Bunting: Two white to light blue eggs are laid in a nest made of grass and rootlets, lined with finer materials, and built in a bush or low in a small tree. Incubation ranges from 11 to 13 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Blue Bunting: Eats seeds and insects; forages in brushy forest understory, dense scrubby thickets, and on the ground.

Vocalization

Blue Bunting: Song is a varied, plaintive trilling of "see-you, see-you, see yee-suee-se-se-see" with one to two introductory notes followed by a trill, then fading away. Call is a metallic "chink."

Similar Species

Blue Bunting: Male Blue Grosbeak is bright purple-blue with two brown wingbars. Female is brown with occasional blue feathers on upperparts and two brown wingbars.

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