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Bluebirds and Blue Birds

Sort of... The bluebirds, bluejays and indigo buntings have no blue pigment in their feathers.
Discussions of the optical effects at play here can be found around the Internet, like: http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/lifestyles_columnists/article/0,1406,KNS_337_4743267,00.html
The "Lighting Buntings" gallery shows the response of the irridescent feathers of the Indigo and Painted Buntings to different kinds of lighting.
Link to that gallery is http://www.pbase.com/m3ling/buntings
Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird male
Eastern Bluebird female
Eastern Bluebird female
Young Eastern Bluebird
Young Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Bluebirds
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay juvenile
Blue Jay juvenile
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher male
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher male
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher female
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher female
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Indigo Bunting male
Indigo Bunting male
Indigo Bunting female
Indigo Bunting female
t1%2f86%2f545286%2f4%2f112178231.dsnl2y0G.jpg Blue Grosbeak female
Blue Grosbeak female
Painted Bunting young male
Painted Bunting young male