The State Bird of Missouri
Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. It has a wide variety of wildlife, including many different species of birds. One of these birds is the official bird for the state – The Eastern Bluebird.
History and Description
The Eastern Bluebird was adopted as Missouri’s state bird in 1927. This species is native to North America and can be found throughout most parts of the United States and Canada, especially in open fields, lawns, gardens, and wooded areas near water sources. They are fairly small birds with bright blue on their upperparts and rusty-red coloring on their underparts. Males tend to have brighter colors than females but both genders sing lovely warbling songs that can often be heard when they’re out searching for food or nesting material during the springtime months when they breed.
Eastern bluebirds feed mainly on insects but will also eat wild fruits such as cherries and berries which helps them survive through harsher winter periods when other food sources become scarce. They build cup-shaped nests from grasses, twigs, feathers, animal fur or hair typically found low down in trees or shrubs where it’s harder for predators like hawks to spot them easily while still benefiting from some tree cover during inclement weather conditions.
Unfortunately due to loss of habitat and competition from introduced invasive species like House Sparrows (which compete with bluebirds for nest sites), populations have been declining over recent decades so conservation efforts are needed if we wish to keep this beautiful bird around! Fortunately there are many organizations dedicated to helping preserve our nation’s wildlife population by creating safe habitats for all sorts of animals including Eastern Bluebirds across North America such as Audubon Society chapters whose volunteers help monitor local populations, set up nesting boxes designed specifically for these types of songbirds among other activities which you too can get involved with! Additionally you may consider planting native berry bearing shrubs/trees along your property line as well which should attract more bluebirds into your yard while providing much needed sustenance at certain times during each year too!