Range. - United States, east of the Plains, breeding north to Manitoba and
Nova Scotia; winters south of the United States. This handsome species is rich indigo on the head and neck, shading into blue or greenish blue on the upper and under parts. They are very abundant in some localities along roadsides, in thickets and open woods, where their song is frequently head, it being a very sweet refrain resembling, somewhat, certatin passages from that of the Goldfinch. They nest at low elevations in thickets or vines, building their home of grass and weeds, lined with fine grass or hair, it being quite a substantial structure. The eggs, which are laid in June or July, are pale bluish white. Size .75 x .52.