Bluebirds of North America
There are three species of these colorful North American birds. Eastern and Western bluebirds have a reddish brown breast, which contrasts with their predominately blue plumage. Their relative, the (male) Mountain bluebird is entirely blue.
Eastern bluebirds are primarily found east of the Rockies, and range from Canada to Mexico and Honduras. They are much admired for their lovely coloring and for a distinctive song that many hear as “chur-lee, chur-lee.” The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird of both New York and Missouri.
Western Bluebirds are found west of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. The Mountain Bluebird also inhabits much of western North America – often at elevations above 7,000 feet (2,133 meters).
Bluebirds eat small fruits and hunt insects, spiders, and other small creatures. The birds perch, watch, and then