Indigo Bunting  ( Passerin indigo )      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Passerina cyanea

Description:    Indigo Bunting
Photo Date:   June 21, 2008


Kenabeek, Henwood Township


Michael Werner

General Notes

All perching birds are best viewed against a dark background with the bird itself having full light on the front of the bird. This is particularly true of the Indigo Bunting. Although the blue head and body are spectacular in good light, against the sky or in less than perfect light this bird appears black. Also, only the males are blue, the females being rather nondescript and much more secretive. These facts, combined with it's small size, about the size of a large warbler,  mean that this species probably goes unidentified most of the time in Timiskaming, and so is very likely more common here than documented sightings would suggest.  Indeed, most of the existing observations are for birds that appeared in the yard of an avid birder living in a rural location.

Abundance: Rare Earliest observed date:  

Typical arrival date:

May 23
Breeding Status: Breeding Latest observed date:  

Typical departure date:

August 26

Documented Observations



1955-1957, a number of observations by Fred Helleiner, all in June or July.

May 19, 2000. One observed at Mountain Chutes Camp by Barry Kinch.

June 3, 2003. One observed at Mountain Chutes Camp by Barry Kinch.

October 15-18, 2005. One observed at Mountain Chutes Camp by Barry Kinch.

May 16-24, 2008. One observed and banded at Gillies Lake by Bruce Murphy.

June 20-July 2, 2008. One observed daily in Henwood Twp. by Michael Werner

May 27, 2009. One male observed by Hal Fjeldsted in Swastika.

June 5, 2009. One male viewed by Mark Milton at Charlton-Savard Public School


Banding Results






2003     1  
2005     1