French: Passerin azuré German: Lazulifink Spanish: Azulillo lapislázuli
near Canyon City, Colorado, USA
SW Canada (SE British Columbia, SW & extreme S Alberta and S fringe of Saskatchewan), W USA from C Washington and Oregon and most of California (except SE) E to W North Dakota and South Dakota, NW Nebraska, Colorado, N New Mexico and Arizona, and extreme NW Mexico (NW Baja California). Migrates to SE Arizona S through W Mexico to NW Oaxaca.
13–14 cm; male 13–19·5 g, female 12·7–16·9 g (California). Male has head, chin, throat and upper chest bright lazuli-blue, becoming... read more
Song a cheerful series of variously phrased warbling whistles, sometimes paired, often ending in... read more
Breeds in wide variety of brushy habitats, including arid brushy hillsides, wooded valleys and open... read more
Food and feeding
Food predominantly vegetable, mainly fruits and seeds of such plants as chickweed and wild oats (Avena), but also substantial... read more
Season May–Sept, mostly Jun–Aug; usually double-brooded. Monogamous; male occasionally polygynous. Nest-site chosen by female,... read more
Entirely migratory; no overlap between breeding and wintering ranges. Nocturnal migrant. Leaves... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Quite common or even abundant in suitable habitat over much of its range. Some populations under heavy, possibly unsustainable, pressure from Brown-... read more
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