Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Small, pastel singing beauties . Common in western us. Timing: summer. Prefers brushy hillsides, riparian, field edges and gardens; up to 9500 ft. Small with a short, conical bill; plumage is blue with orange and white breast. Understory feeders. Utilize molting grounds on their way south. Young males create an individual signature song from surrounding males – similar sounding birds are in the same area and tolerate each other. Diet includes Insects, berries and seeds. Oldest wild individual recorded was 9. Population ~ 5 million.