Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) - HBW 16, p. 425

French: Passerin indigo German: Indigofink Spanish: Azulillo Índigo

Taxonomy: Tanagra cyanea Linnaeus, 1766, South Carolina.
Genus sometimes placed in family Emberizidae. May form a superspecies with P. amoena and often treated as conspecific; the two hybridize extensively. Hybrids reported rarely also with P. ciris and, in captivity, with P. leclancherii; has hybridized also with captive domestic Island Canary (Serinus canaria). Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds E North America, from S Canada (SE Saskatchewan and S Manitoba E to S New Brunswick) S in USA to W Kansas and C Texas across to Gulf Coast and E seaboard, also W into New Mexico and S Arizona. Migrates to Middle America from C Mexico (S Tamaulipas) S to E Panama and West Indies.