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This solitary bird was spotted feeding on birdseed on August 31st at Bailey's Mistake (bay), Lubec, Maine, about 300 ft from the ocean, at the border between a meadow and a mixed broadleaf/coniferous forest.283253203_Bird-1.thumb.jpg.939f51c943ddd421791a3a1148a452c8.jpg

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Just to help us newbies out, how would an Indigo Bunting look different than this Slate colored Junco? Thank you :)

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3 hours ago, Kerri said:

Just to help us newbies out, how would an Indigo Bunting look different than this Slate colored Junco? Thank you 🙂

Indigo Bunting would be entirely blue (rather than the slate gray of this junco) and have a slightly thicker gray bill.

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11 hours ago, Kerri said:

Just to help us newbies out, how would an Indigo Bunting look different than this Slate colored Junco? Thank you :)

Like Phalarope713 says, Indigo's are completely different shade of blue all over (no pale belly), with black-edged primaries.  They're also much rarer in Maine than Juncos in late September, having mostly already migrated out.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Indigo_Bunting/overview

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco

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On 9/20/2019 at 8:38 PM, Bird-Boys said:

yup, slate-colored subspecies.

Just for the sake of scientific precision, it maybe bears mentioning that "Slate-colored" isn't technically a subspecies, but a "subspecies group" that includes three difference subspecies.

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