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Lazuli Bunting
Passerina amoena

Sparrows, Grosbeaks and Buntings
Cardinal Family (Cardinalidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-15 cm

Description: A very rare migrant, the lazuli bunting strikes a colourful profile amid the grays, browns and golds of the mountains. It is a sparrow sized bird with a royal blue head, neck, throat, nape, and back. The wings and upper tail are black with blue edging. The breast is rusty-brown, and the belly white. There is a dark line running from the eye to the dark bill. Two bands of white are visible in the wings. The females are much less striking. They are gray-brown above with some faint blue visible on the rump, tail and some greenish-blue through the wings. They spend their time in brushy thickets looking for insects, grasshoppers and seeds. The call resembles a series of sweet tones: "see-see-sweert, sweert, sweert, see, zee, zeer, see, see".

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