How to Attract Indigo Bunting

How to Attract Indigo Bunting

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: During breeding season the male Indigo Bunting’s magnificent royal blue plumage is a remarkable sight. Attracting colorful birds tends to be difficult but the Indigo Bunting is attainable, as it will sometimes eat Nyjer Seed and Millet from feeders. Indigo Buntings are most commonly found in areas where an open, overgrown field meets the edge of a heavily wooded area (such as a forest/woodland). In spring as the Bunting flies back to its breeding grounds, it may stop in woodland areas and backyards to eat tree buds and leaves, as well as seeds from flowers and weeds like Dandelion, Goldenrod, and Thistle. In summer time the Indigo Bunting mainly eats insects, especially caterpillars – so intentionally creating a backyard habitat that encourages insect life is encouraged. The Indigo Bunting will also eat berries on occasion.They seem to favor Wild Blackberry brambles when it comes to nesting. Indigo Buntings may use birdbaths. 

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird

  • Male: royal blue while breeding, non-breeding - brown with specks of blue

  • Female: dull brown with streaking on breast

Habitat:

  • Where forest meets weedy field/grassland

  • During migration, they will visit backyards – especially if they have shrubs, overgrown grass, and feeders stocked with Millet or Nyjer Seed

  • Like to sing from tall perches

Eating Habits:

  • Insects, seeds, small fruits

  • Insects are primary food source while breeding and in summer

  • Will visit bird feeders, prefers: Nyjer Seed, Millet, and sometimes Mealworms, Hulled Sunflower Seed

Nesting:

  • Shrubs – Wild Blackberry common choice

Top Ways to Attract Indigo Bunting

Nyjer Seed     Goldenrod     Woodland/Overgrown Field Habitat     Wild Blackberry     Sunflower

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Indigo Bunting

American Elderberry (Fruit)      Beech (Buds)     Dead Trees (Singing Perch)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Indigo Bunting

Aster (Seeds)     Blazing Star (Seeds)     Field Thistle (Seeds)     Goldenrod (Seeds)     Red Columbine (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds)     Wild Blackberry (Nesting)

Attracting Indigo Bunting with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Hanging Tube     Platform

Feed:    Hulled Sunflower Seed     Mealworms     Millet     Nyjer Seed