Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Foto

The "blue canary" looks like someone spray painted a sparrow brilliant blue. However, the vibrant Indigo Bunting is actually more closely related to the cardinal. As with other blue birds, they have no blue pigment in their feathers, but rather, microscopic structures that, like tiny prisms, reflect blue light. Wintering from south Florida through Central America and the Caribbean, this seed-eater nests in brushy habitat at the edges of fields. The bird I photographed likely nested within the "North 40" of Floyd Bennett Field.

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