Hybrid Indigo x Lazuli Buntings (Passerina cyanea x P. amoena), Granite Creek Park, Yavapai County
One hybrid Indigo x Lazuli Bunting was found and photographed by Felipe Guerrero on 25 May 2015.
Returning to the area on 27 May to get more photographs
of the bird, he located a second individual.
The first and second photos below are of the first
individual found. The third photo is another individual.
This hybrid combination is rare but regularly reported
in areas where both species are found together. Indigo
Bunting is an uncommon, but local breeder and migrant in
Typical hybrids are intermediate
between the two species, with more extensive blue than a
Lazuli and lacking the orange breast band, but show
white wing bars and extensively white underparts of a
Lazuli. The second bird appears to be one of these
typical birds. The first individual appears to have some
warm color on the breast, which may be an expression of
the orange breast band of a Lazuli but more likely these
are the scattered brown feathers of a second-year male.
27 May 2015, photo by Felipe GuerreroAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 29 May 2015