21-B-2018 Indigo Bunting
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Extensive white mottling in flanks suggests possibility of Lazuli x Indigo Bunting.
Photo and description fit that of the Indigo Bunting
This appears to be an adult male Indigo Bunting with no indications of hybridization.
The amount of white in the belly, the white scalloping continuing up the breast, the hint of a wingbar, and all that in combination with lack of brown in the wings (indicating an ASY bird) all make me think this is the hybrid Lazuli X Indigo Bunting that was seen by many observers in 2018. I do believe there was a second bird present, and we should solicit submissions of that bird. In fact, I observed and photographed the other one, which I believed to be a pure Indigo, and can submit it (but it would be good to solicit submissions from anyone who saw it).
While obvious this bird is mostly an Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea), both the mention by the observer, as well as indicated in the pictures, there is enough white on the belly to indicate likely hybridization at some point with Lazuli Bunting (P. amoena). Too bad since it was their “lifer”.
I can't see enough in the photos to eliminate hybrids, which have been reported in the area in recent years.
This looks quite close to a "pure" Indigo but the hint of a wing bar and the white lower belly suggests there could be some history of hybridization (discussed on Facebook with this bird in 2018 & 2019)
SECOND ROUND VOTING:
My initial vote was a "fat finger" mistake - had intended to vote "reject" due to obvious hybridization. My bad.
After reading the comments about the signs of possible Lazuli x Indigo Bunting hybrid, I am reluctantly changing my vote to reject,
I'm changing my vote to reject. I didn't notice the signs of hybridization in this male bunting initially, but others did see them and made convincing cases for rejecting this record.
Same comments as prior round.
No change from round 1 vote