Western Bluebird

About the Western Bluebird

Also known as: California Bluebird, Chestnut-backed Bluebird, Mexican Bluebird, San Pedro 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. Western Bluebirds range in the southwestern United States and down into Mexico.

Male Western Bluebirds have orangeish breasts, greyish bellies, and bright blue backs, heads, and throats. They can be distinguished from similar Eastern Bluebirds by the blue around the neck, which their eastern cousins lack.

Western Bluebirds don't prefer open spaces, like their North American blubird cousins. Instead, Western Bluebirds can be found in more wooded areas.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 November 2010
Scientific Name
Sialia mexicana
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
  • Sialia
  • S. mexicana
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6 to 7 inches
13.5 inches
1 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) salašník západní
Danish (Dansk) Vestlig Sialia
Dutch (Nederlands) Westelijke Bluebird
Finnish (Suomi) purppurasinikka
French (Français) Merlebleu de l'Ouest
German (Deutsch) Blaukehl-Hüttensänger
Italian (Italiano) Uccello azzurro occidentale
Japanese (日本語) チャカタルリツグミ (chagataruritsugumi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Vestblåfugl
Polish (Polski) blekitnik meksykanski
Spanish (Español) Azulillo de Garganta Azul
Swedish (Svenska) Västsialia
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