The Eastern Bluebird, scientifically known as Sialia sialis, is a small thrush bird that inhabits the eastern region of North America. Known for their striking appearance and sweet melodies, these birds are loved by many birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Eastern Bluebirds are about 6.5 to 8 inches in length with a wingspan of approximately 9 to 12 inches. The males have a bright blue back and head with rusty red breasts while the females have more subdued colors of greyish-blue on their backs and wings with lighter orange-brown underparts. Both sexes boast white bellies and black eyes.
Where To Find This Bird
These birds prefer open fields or meadows where they can hunt for insects from fence posts or low perches like tree branches or wires. You can find Eastern Bluebirds throughout most of the eastern United States including parts of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Bermuda.
Eastern Bluebirds typically nest in natural cavities such as old woodpecker holes but will also use man-made boxes provided by humans during breeding season (March to August). They prefer nesting sites that are near forests or wooded areas which provide cover from predators while still offering easy access to open feeding grounds.
Although they primarily feed on insects like grasshoppers, crickets, beetles and caterpillars especially during breeding season when chicks need protein-rich food sources; they may also eat berries during winter months when bugs aren’t plentiful enough for survival.
The Eastern Bluebird’s popularity as a symbol of happiness has been mentioned in pop culture including songs “Bluebird” by Miranda Lambert & “I’m Like A Bird” by Nelly Furtado.
Pairs often mate for multiple seasons if both survive long enough.
They perform courtship dances before mating which include flying up into the air then dropping down onto their partner’s perch repeatedly.
Bluebirds tend to be monogamous and quite territorial during nesting season.
They are the official state bird of Missouri & New York.
In conclusion, Eastern Bluebirds are a beloved sight for any nature lover with their stunning colors and sweet melodies that bring happiness to all who encounter them. Their habitat preferences also make it easy for humans to provide man-made nesting boxes which can help increase their population numbers in areas where natural cavities aren’t abundant.