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
2020-10-20 11:20A. D. Barnes Park1
2020-09-29 09:44Fort Bend Co.--Montgomery rd.2
2020-10-25 08:07White Point & Koonce Loop1
2020-10-02 08:13Amarillo Medical Center Park1
2020-09-30 09:45Clapp Park1
2020-09-29 10:04Clovis WTP1
2020-09-30 15:56Riverside Park (Scottsbluff)1
2020-09-30 11:17Melrose Woods1
2020-09-29 06:35Clear Spring Ranch1
2020-09-28 07:35Pueblo Reservoir--Rock Canyon area (below dam, south of river)1
2020-10-07 16:14Tres Lagunas1
2020-10-06 07:18J Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary2
2020-10-04 07:05Carlsbad Caverns NP--Rattlesnake Springs1
2020-09-30 15:27Davis Mountains Resort (Restricted Access)1
2020-09-30 09:25Santa Cruz Lake1
2020-10-03 08:43Dell City agriculture area surrounding town (FM1437 etc.)2
2020-10-02 11:55Marty Sanchez Golf Course Pond1
2020-09-29 06:36Rio Grande Nature Center SP1
2020-10-09 15:34Bosque del Apache NWR1
2020-10-03 07:04Memorial Park (FWTX 9), El Paso1
2020-09-29 06:58Coronado Country Club neighborhood, El Paso (limited access)2
2020-09-29 15:49NMSU Campus1
2020-10-17 10:22Ciénagas Los Álamos2
2020-10-15 11:18Portal1
2020-10-09 09:24Portal--Cave Creek Ranch1
2020-10-03 09:22stakeout Eared Quetzal, FR42 between Sunny Flat and SWRS (2020)1
2020-10-01 08:58Cave Creek Canyon--South Fork1
2020-10-03 08:00Holbrook--Hidden Cove Golf Course1
2020-10-02 06:19Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course1
2020-10-26 08:05Whitewater Draw WA1
2020-10-24 06:38San Pedro RNCA--Hereford Bridge1
2020-10-12 07:02Casa de San Pedro B&B--Visitors Welcome1
2020-10-17 06:18San Pedro RNCA--San Pedro House and trails3
2020-10-11 13:28Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary (closed Thursday morning; formerly Ash Canyon B&B)1
2020-10-02 06:15Miller Canyon--Beatty's Guest Ranch2
2020-10-09 06:50Brown Canyon Ranch (opened 2011)2
2020-10-02 08:10Garden Canyon Rd--BETWEEN Upper Picnic Area and Sawmill Canyon1
2020-10-17 16:10Onavas (pueblo)4
2020-10-01 12:43Meteor Crater RV Park (check in at office for permission/access)1
2020-10-03 07:13Agua Caliente Park1
2020-09-28 10:33Las Cienegas NCA--Empire Gulch6
2020-10-17 06:35Tanque Verde Wash--Tanque Verde Loop Rd.1
2020-10-06 08:00Las Cienegas NCA--Maternity Well1
2020-10-03 08:20Rolling Hills Park2
2020-10-11 09:30Lakeside Park1
2020-10-19 06:52Catalina Regional Park--pond1
2020-10-07 15:55Fort Lowell Park and Pantano Wash1
2020-10-27 13:43Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)2
2020-10-08 10:20Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve1
2020-09-29 07:38Himmel Park1
2020-10-24 09:10Silverlake Park1
2020-09-29 08:38Evergreen Cemetery1
2020-10-02 08:10Glen Canyon NRA--Lonely Dell Ranch1
2020-09-30 09:11stakeout Purple Gallinule, Tucson (2019)1
2020-10-07 07:09Santa Cruz River--Congress St. to Silverlake Rd.3
2020-09-30 10:43Patagonia Lake SP--Birding Trail2
2020-10-25 09:00Sweetwater Wetlands6
2020-10-04 08:14Kino Springs1
2020-10-05 08:34Santa Cruz River--Ina Rd.2
2020-09-28 08:41Rio de Flag--Picture Canyon3
2020-10-10 07:31Walnut Canyon Lakes1
2020-10-07 06:01El Rio Open Space Preserve1
2020-10-12 07:41Canoa Ranch Conservation Park2
2020-10-22 08:30Las Lagunas de Anza wetlands (Drive-in Ponds)5
2020-10-17 06:59Palo Duro Creek Golf Course Ponds3
2020-09-28 07:57Schultz Tank1
2020-10-13 07:02Santa Cruz River--Palo Parado Rd1
2020-10-12 11:02De Anza Trail--Tubac1
2020-09-29 06:24De Anza Trail--Tubac kiosk area8
2020-10-07 07:26De Anza Trail--Carmen (Clark Crossing Rd)2
2020-10-13 06:35Rancho Santa Cruz1
2020-10-11 10:12Santa Gertrudis Lane (foot access only)1
2020-09-29 17:55Big Cottonwood Park1
2020-10-14 07:45Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Marana1
2020-10-11 07:30Pena Blanca Lake2
2020-10-21 09:26Pena Blanca Spring1
2020-10-06 08:30Box Bar Recreation Site1
2020-10-17 07:14Ruby (ghost town)1
2020-10-03 11:50Arivaca Lake2
2020-10-06 07:15Salt River--Granite Reef Recreation Area1
2020-10-04 08:23Buenos Aires NWR--Arivaca Cienega1
2020-10-17 06:25Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch1
2020-10-05 11:10Indian School Park1
2020-09-28 06:25McCormick Ranch--Camelback Lake (Chart House)1
2020-10-10 07:52Stonecreek Golf Club1
2020-10-21 06:43Moon Valley Park1
2020-10-08 09:20Tres Rios Overbank Wetlands (permit required)3
2020-10-08 06:02Glendale Recharge Ponds3
2020-10-04 07:32Base and Meridian WA1
2020-10-07 13:38Zion NP--Big Bend1
2020-10-23 09:13Hassayampa River Preserve1
2020-10-27 08:23Coffinger Park1
2020-09-29 09:30Paloma Ranch1
2020-10-10 08:51Estero San José1
2020-10-04 07:26Hotel ME Cabo1
2020-10-15 07:17La Poza de Todos Santos1
2020-10-11 06:22Spot Road Farm1
2020-09-30 06:48Mesquite (east)1
2020-10-08 07:15Hidden Shores Golf Course1
2020-10-01 07:32Las Vegas--Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs1
2020-10-05 07:05Desert NWR--Corn Creek (Field Station)1
2020-10-10 08:45Primm Forest Preserve1
2020-09-29 08:10Spring Mountain Ranch SP2
2020-10-07 15:47Desert Center--Lake Tamarisk1
2020-09-30 17:00Chiriaco Summit1
2020-10-10 10:40Chet Huffman Park1
2020-09-28 17:35Interstate 10, Cactus City Rest Area1
2020-10-11 08:30Knott Sky Park1
2020-10-06 06:30Jacumba--town1
2020-10-02 06:45El Rosario (pueblo)2
2020-09-29 06:35Mesquite Golf and Country Club--walking trail1
2020-10-05 07:00Big Morongo Canyon Preserve1
2020-10-01 06:32Death Valley NP--Furnace Creek3
2020-09-28 14:07Tonopah--Sportsman Park1
2020-10-13 07:43Harry Griffen Regional Park1
2020-10-01 08:12San Carlos Recreation Center1
2020-10-02 08:07Lake Murray3
2020-10-06 09:12Glen Arbor Park1
2020-09-29 09:41Balboa Park--northeast (Morley Field athletic area)2
2020-10-04 07:07Nobel Athletic Fields1
2020-10-10 14:00Torrey Hills Park1
2020-10-09 10:16Doyle Community Park1
2020-10-04 14:35Glen Helen Regional Park4
2020-10-03 07:00Rancho Jurupa Park1
2020-09-30 07:12Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery1
2020-09-30 16:02San Gabriel Mtns.--Big Pines2
2020-09-29 15:46Jackson Lake1
2020-10-05 06:39Heritage Park (LA Co.)2
2020-10-07 07:45Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park1
2020-09-28 17:26Gilman Park2
2020-10-10 10:45Santa Fe Dam Rec. Area1
2020-10-03 07:40Mile Square Regional Park1
2020-10-01 06:45Huntington Central Park--West1
2020-10-03 08:37Victory Park (Pasadena, CA)1
2020-10-03 08:38El Dorado Regional Park--Area 31
2020-10-03 09:29West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail2
2020-10-07 08:58Washington Park (Pasadena)1
2020-10-07 09:51Charles White Park1
2020-10-17 06:17Hahamongna Watershed Park (formerly Oak Grove Park)1
2020-09-28 08:51Colorado Lagoon1
2020-09-28 06:57Crescenta Valley Park1
2020-10-04 06:07Bixby Marshland1
2020-09-28 11:04Eastview Park2
2020-10-04 06:50Hansen Dam4
2020-09-30 08:05George F Canyon Nature Preserve1
2020-10-06 09:24Hansen Dam Golf Course1
2020-10-01 09:00Madrona Marsh1
2020-10-06 09:01Entradero Park1
2020-09-28 09:28Cheviot Hills Park10
2020-10-03 06:48Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve5
2020-10-24 07:52San Clemente Island--Lemon Tank1
2020-10-10 11:00San Clemente Island--Wilson Cove (town)1
2020-10-03 09:20Medea Creek Natural Area1
2020-10-05 09:58Pt. Mugu SP--Sycamore Canyon1
2020-09-30 09:14San Nicolas Island (VEN Co.)1
2020-10-23 11:22Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor1
2020-10-11 10:30Santa Cruz Island (SBA Co.)1
2020-10-01 15:00Del Mar Park--Morro Bay1
2020-09-29 08:10Chester railroad grade1
2020-10-11 07:46Reichmuth Park1
2020-10-21 09:30Laguna Grande Park1
2020-09-30 12:30Wickiup Reservoir--Kiosk Ponds1
2020-10-03 07:08Lake Herman1
2020-09-29 13:00Presidio--El Polin Springs1
2020-09-28 10:51Rodeo Lagoon1
2020-09-28 14:45Lake Earl Wildlife Area--Buzzini Rd.1
2020-10-04 09:19Iona Island (General)1