Species in Focus: Eastern Bluebird

Spring is right around the corner — in some places in the Northeast it has arrived. Warmer weather means more time spent outdoors, and for many a renewed interest in birdwatching/birding. The species in focus this week is the Eastern Bluebird.

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Female Eastern Bluebird. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Eastern Bluebirds are part of the thrush family (the same family as the American Robin). In some parts of the northeast Eastern Bluebirds are year round residents. These birds are commonly seen in the open fields of rural and farmland areas.

Female Eastern Bluebird. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Males are a vibrant blue with a deep rust colored chest and white under parts. Females are blue with  drab brown feathers and a less vibrant over all look. Both male and female can be seen perched on telephone wires and/or fence posts looking down at a field in pursuit of grubs, spiders, worms, caterpillars and other insects.

Image Credit Orietta Estrada
Male Eastern Bluebird. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

A female will lay a clutch of 4-7 baby blue eggs that will hatch after about two weeks of incubation. Eastern Bluebirds can have up to three broods per year.

Eastern Bluebird Nest and Eggs. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

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