Wednesday, March 18, 2009

#6 Indigo Bunting vs. #11 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

  • Indigo Buntings migrate at night using the stars for navigation.
  • The sequence of notes in a males song can very between individual from different areas. This can occur even when the areas are only a few hundred yards apart.
  • Indigo and Lazuli Buntings sometimes interbreed where their ranges overlap.
  • Their feathers are actually black. The blue color is created when light passes through their feathers. This is why they can look so many different shades of blue.
  • Indigo Buntings are one of the few birds thats populations are increasing. This is due to the fact that there preferred habitat of woodland edges has become more common due to the clearing of land.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

  • The nest of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak is so thin that many times you can see the eggs through the nest.
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeaks interbreed with Black-headed Grosbeaks where their ranges overlap.
  • Males participate in the incubation of the nest. they spend about 1.3 of the day incubating.
  • Unlike most songbirds, the females are known to sing.
  • The name grosbeak come for the French word grosbec which means large beak.

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1 comment:

Mary said...

This is really tough...I love both!