31 August, 2009

Eastern Bluebird

Scientific Name: Sialia sialis

Population Estimate: 10M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Year-round in southeastern US and central Mexico. In summers extending north into the upper midwest and eastern Canada. Prefer meadow habitat, often seen perching on wires and nest boxes.

Field Notes: Medium-sized songbird, small thrush. Plump with round head. Male with bright blue on wings, tail and head. Chest, neck and flanks rufous, with striking white belly. Western Bluebird with blue throat, often rufous on shoulders or back, some blue on belly.

Personal Notes: We will always think of the Arboretum in Minneapolis with their bluebird boxes.

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