Mountain Bluebird

The state bird of Idaho and Nevada, it’s not hard to see why Mountain Bluebirds are among the West’s most sought-after sightings.

Mountain Bluebird

Mickey Barnes Mountain Bluebird

Family: Thrush.
Length: 7-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 14 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male is brilliant blue all over, while the female is gray overall with pale-blue wing and tail feathers.
Nest: Pair builds a grass nest in a cavity or a birdhouse; female lays four to six light-blue eggs inside.
Habitat: Very open country, including meadows, prairies, sometimes above treeline in mountains.
Voice: Similar to the eastern bluebird’s song, but slightly higher pitched.
Diet: Insects and berries.
Backyard Favorite: Live mealworms.

Listen to the Mountain Bluebird’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Mountain Bluebird Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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Mountain Bluebird

Mickey Barnes Mountain Bluebird

Family: Thrush.
Length: 7-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 14 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male is brilliant blue all over, while the female is gray overall with pale-blue wing and tail feathers.
Nest: Pair builds a grass nest in a cavity or a birdhouse; female lays four to six light-blue eggs inside.
Habitat: Very open country, including meadows, prairies, sometimes above treeline in mountains.
Voice: Similar to the eastern bluebird’s song, but slightly higher pitched.
Diet: Insects and berries.
Backyard Favorite: Live mealworms.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Mountain Bluebird’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Mountain Bluebird Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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