Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

MOBL

Code 6

SIACUR

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mountain Bluebird has a large range, estimated globally at 4,400,000 square kilometers. Native to Canada, the United States, and Mexico, this bird prefers grassland, forest, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 5,200,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mountain Bluebird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mountain Bluebird: Small thrush with brilliant blue back, head, and wings. Throat and breast are paler blue, and belly and undertail coverts are white. Female is gray overall with blue wings, rump, and tail. Hovers more than other bluebirds and drops on prey from above, also catches insects in flight. Eats mostly insects in the summer.


Range and Habitat

Mountain Bluebird: Breeds in southern Alaska and Yukon, east to Manitoba and south to western Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. Spends winters in Oregon and Colorado south through western U.S. Inhabits high mountain meadows with scattered trees and bushes; in winter, descends to lower elevations in plains and grasslands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tru-lee", "phew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Mountain Bluebirds can be seen hovering in the air, in a hawk-like manner, a meter or more above the ground searching for a food item.
  • It is the state bird of Idaho and Nevada.
  • They are partial to insects—studies indicate that up to 92% of their diet is composed of animal matter.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Mountain Bluebird

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X