Bluebird Species

Identify Bluebirds


Eastern Bluebird

Identification/
Description:
Male: Bright blue head, back, wings, & tail. Red throat and breast.
Female: Lighter blue head, back, wings, & tail. Red-orange throat and breast.
Male | ©Richard Simonsen Photography
Female | ©Bruce Burdett
Food: Perch-feeder. Drops down to catch insects. May come to feeders for raisins, peanut butter, mealworms, & berries.
Nest: Grasses, pine needles, etc. Lined with hair, feathers, etc. Lays 3-6 pale blue eggs in a birdhouse,tree cavity, abandoned woodpecker hole about 2-18 feet above the ground.
Other Comments: This site explains how the bluebird populations have severely declined in the early part of the 20th century. Click on "The Bluebird's Story" for more info on this. In 1978, the North American Bluebird Society was formed. This society has joined with many others to "rebuild" bluebird populations.
Habitat: The Eastern Bluebird prefers rural areas and favors edges of open areas. Meadows, fencelines and roads are some of the most common habitats of the bird.
Song: The bluebird's gentle song is remembered as a song of happiness and hope. A series of slurred whistles like, "Cheer, cheer, cheerful, cheer."
Conservation: BBS: W¯ CÝ
Range: The Eastern Bluebird breeds to the east of the Rocky Mountain Range from southern Canada and through the mideastern Gulf of Mexico all the way to the East coast. Is a year-round resident to its southeastern range and also winters in these areas.
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Western Bluebird

Identification/
Description:
Male: Bright blue-purple head, back, wings, & tail. Red throat and breast.
Female: Lighter blue head, back, wings, & tail. Pale red-orange throat and breast.
Male | ©Don DesJardin
Female | ©Don DesJardin
Food: Perch-feeder. Drops down to catch insects. May come to feeders for raisins, peanut butter, mealworms, & berries.
Nest: Grasses, pine needles, etc. Lined with hair, feathers, etc. Lays 5-8 pale blue eggs in a birdhouse,tree cavity, abandoned woodpecker hole about 2-50 feet above the ground.
Other Comments: This site explains how the bluebird populations have severely declined in the early part of the 20th century. Click on "The Bluebird's Story" for more info on this. In 1978, the North American Bluebird Society was formed. This society has joined with many others to "rebuild" bluebird populations.
Habitat: The Western Bluebird prefers rural areas and favors edges of open areas. Meadows, fencelines and roads are some of the most common habitats of the bird.
Song: The bluebird's gentle song is remembered as a song of happiness and hope. A series of slurred whistles like, "Cheer, cheer, chup, cheer."
Conservation: BBS: W¯ C?
Range: The Western Bluebird Breeds from southern British Colombia and western Alberta to Baja to extreme western Texas. Breeds mostly west of the Rockies. Is a year-round resident to the midsection of its range. Only winters in the far southern region of it's range.
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Mountain Bluebird

Identification/
Description:
Male: Sky Blue in upper body. Lighter blue in lower body.
Female: Uniform pale blue body. Slightly darker back and wings
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Food: Drops down from a hover to catch insects. Also may hunt insects from the air. May come to feeders for raisins, peanut butter, mealworms, & berries.
Nest: Grasses, pine needles, bark, etc. Lined with hair, feathers, etc. Lays 4-8 pale blue eggs in a birdhouse,tree cavity, abandoned woodpecker hole about 4-20 feet above the ground.
Other Comments: This site explains how the bluebird populations have severely declined in the early part of the 20th century. Click on "The Bluebird's Story" for more info on this. In 1978, the North American Bluebird Society was formed. This society has joined with many others to "rebuild" bluebird populations.
Habitat: The Mountain Bluebird spens its summers in mountain and meadow areas, open rural areas. It spends its winters in lowland areas, like desert areas.
Song: The bluebird's gentle song is remembered as a song of happiness and hope. A series of sequences like, "Chur, chur, churchur, chur."
Conservation: BBS: WÝ Cß
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