male in breeding plumage; indigo blue color (California, USA; 2007-06-03)

Blue Grosbeak
Passerina caerulea

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: pronounced sexual dimorphism; large bill and indigo blue color of male are distinctive (but see also Indigo Bunting); inhabits brushy or weedy fields and roadsides.

rusty-colored wingbars (California, USA; 2007-06-03)

dorsal view (California, USA; 2009-04-26)

female; large bill, brownish overall (California, USA; 2007-06-03)

female; hint of rusty winbar, darkish tail (California, USA; 2007-06-03)

inhabits brushy fields (California, USA; 2009-04-26)

beautiful male posing for portrait (California, USA; 2009-04-26)