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I saw a bird yesterday that at first I thought was an Eastern Bluebird, because it had some blue and a red chest. Then I peered at it with my binoculars, and could tell it WAS NOT a Bluebird. I grabbed my camera and took some photos, through the window. Yes, I know, big no no, but it was only about 20 degrees outside and I didn’t want to miss figuring him out completely. Anyway, I determined that it looked more like a House Finch, which are common here, but some of his feathers were really blue. Not many, but along his back and wings. I’m not sure which terms I should use to describe that part. I’m including a few photos so you can help me ID this one. If this is a House Finch, has anyone ever seen them with blue feathers? 

Photo 1: lightened only

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Photo 2: lightened only - I think I can see blue on the back side (other wing?)

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Photo 3: lightened a lot, added a tweak up on the color adjustment.

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Photo 4: tiny bit of lightening, tweaked color more

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The reason I wanted to tweak the color adjustment was to see if my eyes were deceiving me, but the blue hue really picked up a lot. It wasn’t gray or brown. This was yesterday in my backyard, in central Indiana. Thoughts from the rest of you?

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14 hours ago, Bird Brain said:

No doubt it's a male House Finch. I wonder if the blue in it's feathers could be due to something in its diet. We know that the color can vary from red to orange to yellow in male House Finches due to something in their diet. 

I wondered about that but the blue color is in areas not normally affected by diet.  The normal red is still present on the head and breast; the blue appears limited to the wings.

In the last two shots, it appears to be symmetrical across both wings.  This symmetry makes me question random darkening by moisture or exposed down.

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On 12/12/2019 at 4:47 PM, Bird Brain said:

No doubt it's a male House Finch. I wonder if the blue in it's feathers could be due to something in its diet. We know that the color can vary from red to orange to yellow in male House Finches due to something in their diet. 

Wasn't there a Great Egret recently with bright blue feathers over a large percentage of its body?  Maybe this is due to the same source?

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40 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Wasn't there a Great Egret recently with bright blue feathers over a large percentage of its body?  Maybe this is due to the same source?

There was another bird recently with unusual blue feathers, don't remember exactly what or where it was. The OP said it was a cold dry day and this House Finch doesn't appear to be wet. I've never seen down feathers on one that were blue like this one is. I really don't know what the cause is, but it's a very unusual House Finch for sure!

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