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Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides


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Mountain Bluebird, male
credit: Elaine R. Wilson/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Turdidae, Thrushes view all from this family

Description Song is a series of call notes, including a whistling tche'ew.

Dimensions Length: 7" (18 cm)

Habitat Easy to see.

Range Rocky Mountains, Northwest, Alaska, Texas, California, Western Canada, Southwest, Plains

Voice Common summer visitor (Apr-Aug) to woodland; winters at lower altitudes.

Discussion Stunning bird with longer wings and tail than other bluebirds. Often hovers while scanning ground for insect prey. Nests in tree holes and readily uses nest boxes. Forms flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are dissimilar. ADULT MALE Has mostly sky-blue plumage, darkest on wings and tail, palest on belly and undertail. ADULT FEMALE Gray-buff overall, but with blue on wings and tail and variable orange wash to breast; brightly marked birds told from other female bluebirds by longer wings and tail, paler upperparts, and hovering habits. JUVENILE Recalls adult female, but underparts are pale-spotted.