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Eastern Bluebird

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About the Eastern Bluebird

There are three species of bluebird found in North America: Eastern Bluebird; Mountain Bluebird; and Western Bluebird. All three are part of the thrush family. Eastern Bluebirds range east of the Rocky Mountains and down into parts of Mexico and Central America.

Eastern Bluebirds all have whitish bellies. Males have bright blue heads and backs, with bright reddish brown breasts. Females are similarly colored, but the hues are much more subdued.

Eastern Bluebird populations declined through the 1900's, primarily due to nest predation by introduced House Sparrows and European Starlings. Eastern Bluebird populations have been increasing through nestbox schemes and monitoring groups who maintain bluebird trails to help the birds successfully nest.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Sialia sialis, Sialia mexicana, Sialia currocoides
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Sialia
Birdorable Family Thrushes & Mimids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
30 to 34 inches
13 inches
1.1 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Salašník Modrý (Czech)
  • Østlig Sialia (Danish)
  • Bluebird (Dutch)
  • Sinikat (Finnish)
  • Merlebleu (French)
  • Hüttensänger (German)
  • Azzurrino Orientale (Italian)
  • ルリツグミ (Ruritsugumi) (Japanese)
  • Vestblåfugl (Norwegian)
  • Blekitnik Rudogardly (Polish)
  • Восточная сиалия (Russian)
  • Azulillo de Garganta Canela (Spanish)
  • Östsialia (Swedish)

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Baby Birdorable: Eastern Bluebird

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (Creative Commons images shared via Flickr) of the Eastern Bluebird. Eastern ... more