The Lazui Bunting is a small finch like bird. He is a migrant in our area. Over the last 8 years I have recorded/photographed about 10 per year. My records indicate the bulk of the migration in from April to June. This bird breeds east of the Mississippi and north of the 38 parallel.  The following data is from Wickipedia. Photos are mine.

 
 
Breeding plumage male.
 
The lazuli bunting (Passerina amoena) is a North American
songbirdnamed for the gemstone lapis lazuli.

The male is easily recognized by its bright blue head and back (lighter than the closely related indigo bunting), its conspicuous white wingbars, and its light rusty breast and white belly. The color pattern may suggest the eastern and western bluebirds, but the smaller size (13?14 cm or 5?5.5 inches long), wingbars, and short and conical bunting bill quickly distinguish it.
 
 
 
Female closeup
 
The female is brown, grayer above and warmer underneath,
told from the female indigo bunting
by two thin and pale wingbars and other plumage details.
 
Lazuli buntings breed mostly west of the 100th meridian
 from southern Canada to northern Texas, central New Mexico
 Arizona, and southern California. On the Pacific coast
their breeding range extends south to extreme northwestern Baja California.
 
 
female
 
Their habitat is brushy areas and sometimes weedy pastures,
generally well-watered, and sometimes in towns.
 
 
 
male
 
These birds eat mostly seeds and insects.
They may feed conspicuously on the ground
 or in bushes, but singing males
 are often very elusive in treetops.
 
 
female
 
This bird makes a loose cup nest of grasses and rootlets
placed in a bush. It lays three or four pale blue eggs.
 In the eastern and southern part of its range,
it often hybridizes with the indigo bunting.
 
 


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