Mountain Bluebird

Teresa Zieba

Winnipeg, Canada

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Featured in 300+ Go Long! – Mar 25, 2012
Featured in Wild Nature Photography – Mar 24, 2012
Featured in Disability and Beauty – Mar 20, 2012
Featured in Artists Universe – Mar 19, 2012
Featured in Songbirds of North America – Mar 17, 2012
Featured in The World As We See It, or as we missed it – Nov 2, 2011
Featured in Canon DSLR – Aug 1st, 2009

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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