The lazuli bunting (Passerina amoena) is a North American songbird named 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. 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.

The song is a high, rapid, strident warble, similar to that of the indigo bunting but longer and with less repetition.



Lazuli buntings breed mostly west of the 100th meridian from southern Canada to northern Texas, central New Mexico and Arizona, and southern California. On the Pacific coast their breeding range extends south to extreme northwestern Baja California. They migrate to southeastern Arizona and Mexico. Their habitat is brushy areas and sometimes weedy pastures, generally well-watered, and sometimes in towns.

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.

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.



Lazuli Bunting
Date Location Count
2021-04-11 16:51High Island--Smith Oaks Sanctuary (UTC 052)1
2021-04-13 16:28Blucher Park (CTC 071)1
2021-04-17 13:03South Padre Is.--WBC/Conv. Center/Laguna Madre Trail (LTC 035)1
2021-03-31 08:00Hugh Ramsey Park (Harlingen Arroyo Colorado) WBC (LTC 026)1
2021-04-16 09:13Lost Maples SNA--East Trail1
2021-04-17 09:40Lost Maples SNA (HOTW 061)1
2021-04-17 12:28Pecan Grove, Concan1
2021-03-31 07:45Estero Llano Grande SP WBC (LTC 054)1
2021-04-10 14:00National Butterfly Center--General & area North of Levee1
2021-04-17 16:12Big Bend NP--Dugout Wells1
2021-04-09 06:37Laguna Miradores1
2021-04-16 08:00Christmas Mountains Oasis1
2021-03-30 09:43Big Bend NP--Santa Elena Canyon (FWTX 39)1
2021-04-11 16:00Canal Nacional--Prado Churubusco1
2021-04-08 08:31Viveros de Coyoacán1
2021-03-22 07:35Comunidad Vida25
2021-04-10 18:06Pinar de la Venta (pueblo)1
2021-04-04 09:09Sendero Arroyo Allen Lloyd1
2021-04-03 06:46Volcán de Tequila1
2021-04-16 10:01Indian Creek Reservoir1
2021-04-04 08:20Presa La Vega--Desembocadura del Río El Tajo2
2021-04-03 08:00Laguna La Colorada2
2021-04-02 07:40ANP Sierra del Águila--Arroyo Las Pilas1
2021-03-28 07:35ANP Sierra del Águila1
2021-04-17 11:36Portal--Bob Rodrigues yard (Dave Jasper's old yard)1
2021-04-17 17:45Portal2
2021-04-17 13:04Portal--Jasper/Moisan feeders (opened 2015)1
2021-04-15 11:20Portal--Cave Creek Ranch1
2021-04-02 09:46Laguna de Tepeltitic2
2021-04-13 14:59Paradise--George Walker House1
2021-04-17 10:15East Whitetail Canyon2
2021-04-04 08:07Laguna de San Pedro Lagunillas2
2021-03-27 08:20Reserva Ecológica UAS El Mineral de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria2
2021-03-31 06:49Reserva Ecológica Sierra de San Juan--La Noria1
2021-03-25 14:46Reserva Ecológica Sierra de San Juan--El Cuarenteño
2021-04-14 14:55Calvary Cemetery1
2021-04-16 11:59Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course2
2021-04-14 11:10Cochise College (Douglas Campus)2
2021-04-12 13:56Amerind Foundation1
2021-04-16 17:18Casa de San Pedro B&B--Visitors Welcome2
2021-04-17 17:02San Pedro RNCA--San Pedro House and trails1
2021-04-15 07:30Palominas birdwalks (scheduled walks only)2
2021-03-28 06:15Sierra Vista EOP1
2021-04-17 07:15Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista1
2021-04-17 16:43Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary (closed Thursday morning; formerly Ash Canyon B&B)2
2021-04-14 14:00Battiste's Bird Garden2
2021-04-06 06:20Lower Carr Canyon Picnic Area1
2021-04-13 14:00Brown Canyon Ranch (opened 2011)1
2021-04-14 07:32Miller Canyon Trail1
2021-04-14 10:59Ramsey Canyon Inn (opened 1988)4
2021-04-12 08:20Ramsey Canyon Preserve (formerly Mile Hi Ranch)1
2021-04-16 08:47Turkey Creek Trailhead Road riparian corridor (Rincon Mts)2
2021-04-14 06:30Scheelite Canyon2
2021-04-05 06:45Onavas (pueblo)1
2021-04-15 12:15Pinal Mountains--Russell Gulch1
2021-03-30 08:36Mt. Lemmon--Molino Basin2
2021-04-12 06:39Agua Caliente Park1
2021-04-14 10:30Sabino Dam and downstream riparian2
2021-04-16 16:00Box Canyon1
2021-04-14 07:00Catalina SP1
2021-04-13 05:57Arizona Birding Tours--feeders (view from road or creek)1
2021-04-15 06:19Patagonia Town Park1
2021-04-17 14:02Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)3
2021-04-07 07:30Blue Haven Rd--between Paton's and the Preserve4
2021-04-11 06:49Randolph GC/Hardesty Building1
2021-04-15 08:50Patagonia--Geoffrey Platts Trail5
2021-04-03 11:04Himmel Park1
2021-04-17 15:21Sam Lena Park and KERP1
2021-04-15 07:28University of Arizona3
2021-04-11 07:00Boyce Thompson Arboretum1
2021-04-14 07:43Madera Canyon--Bog Springs campground1
2021-04-17 10:43Madera Canyon--Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area & Upper Canyon Trails1
2021-04-09 15:53Madera Canyon--Santa Cruz Co.1
2021-04-17 15:22Madera Canyon--Madera Kubo B&B1
2021-04-15 10:38Madera Canyon--Pima Co.2
2021-04-17 13:00Madera Canyon--Santa Rita Lodge1
2021-04-17 13:20Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area2
2021-04-13 09:58Madera Canyon--Amphitheater3
2021-04-13 14:10Madera Canyon--Nature Trail (county line/Madera PA to Amphitheater)1
2021-04-17 09:42Santa Cruz River--Congress St. to Silverlake Rd.5
2021-04-14 08:57Madera Canyon--Proctor Rd.2
2021-04-13 08:12Patagonia Lake SP--Birding Trail1
2021-04-16 17:03Sweetwater Wetlands3
2021-04-14 11:39Patagonia Lake State Park2
2021-04-16 12:03Patagonia Lake dam/spillway area2
2021-04-16 07:07Santa Cruz River--Ina Rd.2
2021-04-16 13:51Santa Cruz River--Twin Peaks Rd.2
2021-04-17 06:28El Rio Open Space Preserve1
2021-04-14 06:03Canoa Ranch Conservation Park2
2021-04-17 05:38De Anza Trail--Tubac2
2021-04-14 06:46Tubac Golf Resort1
2021-04-09 08:18Ron Morriss Park1
2021-04-15 06:18Beeline Highway--Bushnell Tanks12
2021-04-16 07:14De Anza Trail--Tubac kiosk area1
2021-04-11 07:34De Anza Trail--powerline right of way area1
2021-04-13 07:09De Anza Trail--Carmen (Clark Crossing Rd)1
2021-04-09 10:45Santa Gertrudis Lane (foot access only)1
2021-04-15 10:43Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Marana4
2021-04-15 06:56Walker Canyon1
2021-04-08 08:20Pena Blanca Lake2
2021-04-11 06:55White Rock Campground1
2021-04-09 08:55Pena Blanca Canyon1
2021-04-15 08:40Usery Mountain Regional Park1
2021-04-17 06:07Arivaca Lake2
2021-04-01 17:10Needle Rock Recreation Area1
2021-04-15 16:01Monterey Park1
2021-04-14 08:40Page Springs Fish Hatchery2
2021-04-17 10:30Lower Camp Creek1
2021-04-16 07:31Seven Springs Recreation Area1
2021-04-17 05:57Veterans Oasis Park1
2021-04-15 09:16Dead Horse Ranch SP1
2021-04-14 06:00Sacaton STP (restricted access; permit required)1
2021-03-27 08:07Sycamore Canyon (Yavapai County)2
2021-04-09 10:00Buenos Aires NWR--Brown Canyon (restricted access)1
2021-04-16 07:25Tempe Town Lake--marsh2
2021-04-15 13:53Desert Botanical Garden2
2021-04-16 10:23Moon Valley Park1
2021-04-16 07:23Thunderbird Paseo Park and Flood Diversion Channel6
2021-04-03 07:22Morgan City Wash1
2021-04-11 06:40Tres Rios Overbank Wetlands (permit required)1
2021-04-16 08:26Estero El Soldado4
2021-04-11 08:41Hassayampa River Preserve4
2021-04-10 06:15Yarnell--Flora May Park
2021-04-17 08:42stakeout Ruddy Ground Dove, W Hazen Rd (2018-2020)1
2021-04-15 09:30Paloma Ranch2
2021-03-23 09:38Estero San José2
2021-03-22 08:13Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Negras de Pescadero1
2021-04-16 06:09Brown's Crossing (La Paz Co.)4
2021-04-13 08:47Spot Road Farm1
2021-04-15 12:39Cibola Valley Conservation Area2
2021-04-15 06:47Cibola NWR--Cornfield Nature Trail4
2021-04-11 07:20Yuma West Wetlands1
2021-04-11 07:47Cocopah RV Resort2
2021-04-17 08:43Desert Center--Lake Tamarisk4
2021-04-14 08:23Cattle Call Park3
2021-04-13 09:08Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR--Union Tract / Visitor Center1
2021-04-14 11:55Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR--Rock Hill Trail5
2021-04-12 06:30Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR--Vendel Rd.2
2021-04-14 06:00Salton Sea SRA--Headquarters and Campground1
2021-04-17 06:48Interstate 10, Cactus City Rest Area1
2021-04-14 08:36Coachella Valley Preserve, Thousand Palms Oasis4
2021-04-14 14:06Borrego Springs--WTP Settling Ponds3
2021-04-11 06:21Borrego Springs--Rams Hill Neighborhood (restricted access)1
2021-04-17 13:30Agua Caliente County Park1
2021-04-12 16:30Borrego Springs--Club Circle1
2021-04-16 08:30Borrego Springs--Roadrunner Club/The Springs1
2021-04-15 10:18Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Tamarisk Grove Campground1
2021-04-17 15:30Mission Lakes Country Club1
2021-04-12 10:15Big Morongo Canyon Preserve1
2021-04-17 07:12Palm Springs--W. Chino Canyon Road at W. Panorama Road6
2021-04-15 17:12South Lykken Trail1
2021-04-11 17:50Laguna Mtns.--west meadow area1
2021-04-14 11:53Laguna Mtns.--fire info pullout1
2021-04-17 06:54Pacific Crest Trail--east of Kitchen Creek Rd.2
2021-04-17 09:59Kitchen Creek Rd.--creek crossing1
2021-04-14 10:57Sunrise Hwy--Pedro Fages Monument1
2021-04-14 17:30Hurkey Creek Park1
2021-04-16 08:29Cuyamaca Rancho SP--Paso Picacho Campground1
2021-04-12 16:15Cleveland NF--Park & Ride Lot 29 and pond1
2021-04-12 09:08Parque Ecológico Cañon de Doña Petra, Ensenada1
2021-04-17 06:37El Capitan Reservoir1
2021-04-16 08:00Hellhole Canyon Preserve2
2021-04-16 07:07Santa Ana River at Greenspot Rd.
2021-04-11 08:20Sycamore Canyon County Preserve--Hwy 67 entrance8
2021-04-12 13:20Wilderness Gardens Preserve1
2021-04-16 12:30Redlands Municipal Airport1
2021-04-17 08:12Sweetwater Reservoir2
2021-04-16 06:54Mission Trails Regional Park--northeast (dam to grasslands)1
2021-04-16 10:07Moreno Valley--Hidden Springs Park and Multi-use Trail4
2021-04-11 07:30Tijuana River Valley Regional Park--Bird & Butterfly Garden1
2021-04-17 17:00Balboa Park--Marston Canyon5
2021-04-07 06:27Western Hills Park1
2021-04-15 07:09San Dieguito County Park (not lagoon)1
2021-04-17 06:44Rose Canyon Park3
2021-04-17 08:57Wing St. Canyon1
2021-04-17 12:13Famosa Slough1
2021-04-12 06:49San Elijo Lagoon--Rios Ave. entrance1
2021-04-17 14:20Encinitas--Arden Dr.1
2021-04-17 11:51Blue Jay Campground1
2021-04-10 09:55Upper Silverado Canyon--Bigcone Springs2
2021-04-17 06:08Maple Springs Truck Trail--gate to end of pavement2
2021-04-11 06:20Silverado Canyon4
2021-04-16 06:05Silverado Canyon--Maple Springs Gate to Bedford Peak10
2021-04-16 07:40O'Neill Regional Park--Tijeras Creek Wilderness1
2021-04-14 11:56Harding Truck Trail1
2021-04-11 09:57Chino Hills SP--Coal Canyon (ORA Co.)3
2021-04-17 07:47San Dimas Canyon Rd.5
2021-04-16 08:55Laguna Niguel Regional Park1
2021-04-17 12:16Grand Avenue Park (Chino Hills)1
2021-04-15 08:00Irvine Regional Park1
2021-04-17 09:00Frank G. Bonelli RP/Puddingstone Reservoir and Surrounding Area3
2021-04-17 14:51Big Dalton Canyon1
2021-04-17 08:00Pelanconi Park2
2021-04-14 16:49California City Central Park1
2021-04-17 12:31Bommer Canyon, Irvine1
2021-04-10 09:00Turtle Rock Community Park1
2021-04-17 09:14UC Irvine--Ecological Preserve1
2021-04-17 05:51San Gabriel River--Fish Canyon2
2021-04-17 07:25Butterbredt Spring1
2021-04-17 09:24Mile Square Regional Park, Fountain Valley1
2021-04-13 12:08Peck Rd. Water Conservation Park3
2021-04-13 07:03Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden1
2021-04-17 07:29Huntington Central Park--East1
2021-04-17 07:48Huntington Central Park3
2021-04-07 09:55Eaton Canyon Park--Nature Center Area1
2021-04-17 09:37Bolsa Chica--Brightwater area1
2021-04-15 16:38West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail1
2021-04-15 06:00Hahamongna Watershed Park (formerly Oak Grove Park)1
2021-04-14 07:36Colorado Lagoon1
2021-04-11 07:20La Cañada Open Space Trail2
2021-04-12 07:34Descanso Gardens1
2021-04-16 11:10Occidental College1
2021-04-16 18:39Golden Shore Marine Reserve3
2021-04-16 06:59Stough Canyon Nature Center14
2021-04-17 08:41Gold Creek Rd.--Oak Spring1
2021-04-13 17:22Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park1
2021-04-15 06:42Peck Park1
2021-04-17 08:16Angeles NF--Bear Divide1
2021-04-15 09:54Angeles National Forest-Sand Canyon Road2
2021-04-13 12:26Madrona Marsh1
2021-04-11 10:00Placerita Canyon SP--Walker Ranch2
2021-04-13 07:10Playa Vista Riparian Corridor1
2021-04-14 06:54O'Melveny Park1
2021-04-07 09:07Browns Canyon Road2
2021-04-08 10:56Val Verde Park1
2021-04-13 14:56Upper Las Virgenes Canyon OSP--Victory Blvd. entrance4
2021-04-11 10:16Lake Sherwood1
2021-04-09 09:35Cypress Pond1
2021-04-08 09:20Pt. Mugu SP--general1
2021-04-15 08:00Santa Clara River--Hanson (TNC--private property--no trespassing)1
2021-04-17 07:37Los Padres NF--Sisar Canyon Rd.8
2021-04-13 08:50Los Padres NF--Wheeler Gorge Campground3
2021-04-16 18:40Cañada Larga Rd.3
2021-04-15 07:15Matilija Riparian and Lake9
2021-04-17 08:09Los Padres NF--Matilija Falls trail2
2021-04-14 19:04Hidden Valley Park2
2021-04-10 06:07Franklin Trail1
2021-04-13 07:25Toro Canyon Park1
2021-04-02 11:00Ennisbrook Nature Trail2
2021-04-05 08:14Santa Barbara Botanic Garden1
2021-04-17 09:32San Marcos Foothills Preserve1
2021-04-10 07:00Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park1
2021-04-14 07:03Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access)1
2021-04-16 09:29Refugio Creek Canyon1
2021-04-17 08:07Turri Road2
2021-04-15 09:05Whale Rock Reservoir1
2021-04-16 11:30Hidden Falls Regional Park1
2021-04-17 07:35Mather Lake2
2021-04-15 08:21Table Mountain (BUT Co.)1
2021-04-16 09:07Rocks Ranch (SBT Co) Restricted Access1
2021-04-17 13:42Rocks Ranch (MTY Co) Restricted Access2
2021-04-17 06:50Smith Creek Fire Station1
2021-04-11 08:38Tuscan Loop1
2021-04-17 10:01Joseph D. Grant CP--ranch house area1
2021-04-16 09:31Santa Teresa County Park2
2021-04-15 11:15Gray Lodge Wildlife Area1
2021-04-17 06:20Loma Prieta--Lower Saddle (SCZ Co.)1
2021-04-17 09:11Mt. Diablo SP--Mitchell Canyon1
2021-04-17 12:34Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park--May Rd. entrance1
2021-04-16 08:12Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park1
2021-04-16 12:37Mix Canyon4
2021-04-17 07:54EBMUD--Kings Canyon Loop Trail (permit required)1
2021-04-17 07:33Bernal Hill1
2021-04-16 07:02Fort Mason Park1
2021-04-16 11:18San Pedro Valley County Park1