from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A painted-finch of North America, Cyanospiza or Passerina cyanea, belonging to the family Fringillidæ.


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  • I found an indigo-bird had built her nest above their graves.

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • Every observer of eastern feathered folk is familiar with our "little boy blue," the indigo-bird, whose song is such a rollicking and saucy air, making you feel as if the little lyrist were chaffing you.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • From this description it will be seen that he is quite unlike the indigo-bird, which has no brown or white in his cerulean attire.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • The bluebird out West is very much of a blue bird indeed, for it has no "earth tinge" on its breast at all; while the indigo-bird, on the contrary, has gained the ruddy markings that the other has lost.

    The Home Range

  • What is there that prevents the indigo-bird from taking up residence in Colorado, where his pretty western cousin, the lazuli finch, finds himself so much at home?

    Birds of the Rockies

  • It resembles the challenging song of the indigo-bird, only it is not quite so loud and defiant.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • Indeed, these two birds so much resemble each other in color, form, manner, voice, and general habits that, were it not for the difference in size, -- the grossbeak being nearly as large again as the indigo-bird, -- it would be a hard matter to tell them apart.

    A Book of Natural History Young Folks' Library Volume XIV.

  • Day after day, as I go to a certain piece of woods, I observe a male indigo-bird sitting on precisely the same part of a high branch, and singing in his most vivacious style.

    A Book of Natural History Young Folks' Library Volume XIV.

  • The song of this bird is a rapid, intricate warble, like that of the indigo-bird, though stronger and louder.

    A Book of Natural History Young Folks' Library Volume XIV.

  • Among the raspberry and blackberry briars, beside the stone wall on the south side of this same old road, leading to the Aunt Hannah lot, we used to see, occasionally, a deep blue indigo-bird, a very active little fellow, always flitting and hopping about amongst the briars.

    When Life Was Young At the Old Farm in Maine


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