Western Bluebird Images and Information:
- Western Bluebirds are small, brightly colored thrushes found primarily in Western North America. The males have deep blue heads, backs and wings with rusty orange on their chests that extends to their upper back and their flanks. The females are duller in coloration than the males.
- Western Bluebirds are found from sea level to mountainous regions. They prefer habitats with open areas bordering coniferous or deciduous woodlands. They can be found in recently burned areas, farmlands, logged areas, parks and backyards.
- Western Bluebird populations have declined due to starling and house sparrows taking over nesting cavities.
- Some populations are migratory and some are year round residents depending on the geographic location.
- Western Bluebirds primarily consume insects during the summer and during the winter they will eat fruits and seeds.
- Western Bluebirds are cavity nesters. They lay 3 to 8 eggs which hatch in 13 to 14 days, the female incubates. They are monogamous.
- A group of thrushes can be called a “mutation” or a “hermitage” of thrushes.
- Western Bluebirds can live up to 7 years.