Description: Adult male has bright turquoise back and throat. Its belly is white, breast and sides are cinnamon. Has two white wing bars, the upper bar wider. Female's back is grayish-brown; rump is grayish-blue; underparts white, with buffy wash on throat and breast.
Habitat: Common around open deciduous or mixed woodlands, chapparal. Particularly attracted to brushy areas near water.
Diet: Insects, seeds.
Displays: Courtship: male flutters on ground with extended, trembling wings.
Nest: Coarsely woven of dried grass, forbs, lined with fine grasses and hair.
Eggs: Pale bluish-white, unmarked.
Natural history notes: Riparian thickets formed by agricultural irrigation have provided new habitats, therefore increasing the number of Lazuli Buntings in this century. But suburbanization of wooded areas is decreasing this formerly common habitat.