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The Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) is a medium-sized bird weighing about an ounce, with a length from 15-20 cm (6-8 in). They have light underbellies and black eyes. Adult males have thin bills. They are bright blue and somewhat lighter beneath. Adult females have duller blue wings and tail,fake grey breast, grey crown, throat and back.

The Mountain Bluebird is migratory. Their range varies from Mexico in the winter to as far north as Alaska, throughout the western U.S. and Canada. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range; southern birds are often permanent residents. Some birds may move to lower elevations in winter.

These birds hover over the ground and fly down to catch insects, also flying from a perch to catch them. They mainly eat insects and berries. They may forage in flocks in winter, when they mainly eat grasshoppers.

Their breeding habitat is open country across western North America, including mountain areas, as far north as Alaska. They nest in pre-existing cavities or in nest boxes. In remote areas, these birds are less affected by competition for natural nesting locations than other bluebirds. Females usually build the nests themselves.
It is the state bird of Idaho and Nevada.

Photographed on the roof of Cunningham Cabin in Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA.

Canon XT, lens 70-300mm, f/6.3, 1/1000sec, ISO-200, 300mm.

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bird, blue, bluebird, grand tetons, mountain bluebird, tetons, wyoming

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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Comments

  • andreisky
    andreiskyabout 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you Andrei.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    Quick on the trigger finger again !!!
    Very well done, Teresa. Perfect dof. :)

  • Thanks. Isn’t he beautfiul? The blue shows better in flight though.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Very nice capture Teresa, with awesome details, just love their colors…nicely documented as well.

  • THis is the first bluebird I’ve ever seen. They are so gorgeous.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture and thanks for sharing

  • Many thanks BigD. I’m glad you like it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    beautiful bird and gorgeous capture!!

  • Thank you Cheryl.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 5 years ago

    Interesting bird. I’ve never seen one of these before.

  • Thanks a lot Al.. It’s a first one for me too.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

  • Thank you so m uch Kathy. I really appreciate the feature.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • John44
    John44about 5 years ago
    you have good depth of field here, sharp details and well composed – this is taken from a nice angle.
  • Thank you John. I was visiting the cabin and the bird just happened to be there. Nice bonus.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • vadim19
    vadim19about 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot, Teresa!

  • Thank you so much Vadim.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Charlene Aycock IPA
    Charlene Aycoc...about 5 years ago

    Awesome, we have these all over Idaho, but many up in a place called Castle Rock Road.

  • They’re suppose to migrate north but I’ve never seen one here. So beautiful.

    – Teresa Zieba

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