Mountain Bluebird

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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3rd Place in the Blue Days Challenge in the Amazing Wildlife Group

Featured in “Songbirds of North America” August 2009
Featured in “300+ Go Long” September 2009

A male Mountain Bluebird perched on a tree branch early in the spring on the Nanaimo River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC.

The Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) is a medium sized bird about 18cm long. The male is sky blue above and paler blue below and has a light belly and under-tail coverts. The female is brownish gray overall with a light belly and under-tail coverts.
The Mountain Bluebird is migratory and its range varies from Mexico in the winter up to Alaska and throughout the western U.S.A and Canada. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range whilst southern birds are quite often permanent residents.
Mountain Bluebirds hover and fly down to catch insects. They will also fly from a perch to catch them. They eat mainly insects and berries. In winter they mainly eat grasshoppers.
They nest in buildings and tree cavities.

Canon 20D
1/800sec f8 ISO 200

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