North American Blue Bird
The North American Blue Bird, a shy, unobtrusive visitor has become a rare sight in most gardens around the country. Learn more about the Blue Bird.
This shy, unobtrusive visitor has become a rare sight in most gardens around the country. Bright blue outer feathers will catch your eye and then your will notice a red breast. Take a long look at this Blue Bird because you may not see another during the entire season. The Eastern Blue Bird will have red that extends up the side of the neck and throat. The Western Blue Bird will have red ceases above the breast. On all of these birds, the flanks are also red with the belly and underside of the tail a whitish color.
The females are duller than the males with grayish heads and the juveniles have speckled breast, although they still show bright blue on the wings. Blue Birds frequents the woodland, orchards, farmlands and any open country that has some trees. Their diet consist of moths, grasshoppers, spiders and earth worms. They are also known to eat wild fruits such as choke cherries, wild grapes and blackberries. They nest in hollows such as abandoned woodpecker holes or bird houses. Populations have declined over the years apparently due to competition for nest holes with more dominant species. The female will line her nest with fine plant materials and lay three to seven light blue or white eggs. When the juveniles hatch they are fed by both parents. These birds are often mistaken for Mountain Bluebirds, Blue and Steller Jays or male Lazuli Bunting. But the Mountain Bluebird has no red breast. The Blue and Steller Jays are larger and have no red breast and the male Lazuli Bunting is more turquoise than blue on the wings and has white bars on the wings.