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Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird

18 x 24"

Western Bluebird
Sialia Mexicana (Family:  Thrush)
The Western Bluebird has some different color characteristics than the Eastern Bluebird.  The male has a blue throat which is easily distinguishable with a shiny blue color and a vest of red orange while its size is fairly stocky.  The female is greay buff with a pale orange wash and blue tints on the wings and tail.  Its range goes as far North as British Columbia, through Arizona and Western Texas,  down to Northern Mexico.  It uses trees for nesting and hunting perches in woodlands and finds tree berries in juniper woods.  It is seen perching on fence wires to find insects in the grass and it also catches insects in mid-air and the foliage in the trees.  Usually finds grasshoppers, catepillars, beetles, ants, and other insects.