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Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea

In winter the male Indigo Bunting changes to an unassuming coat of pale brown, sometimes streaked or flecked in blue, but come spring they transform into one of the most striking birds one might hope to see. The brilliant blue displayed by these birds does not come from pigmented feathers, but a prism due to the structure of their feathers, bends and projects this bright indigo color.

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