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.


Mickey Barnes
Mountain Bluebird, female (L) and male (R)
Dave Ryan
Mountain Bluebird, male
Brian Addison
Mountain Bluebird


Mountain BluebirdMickey Barnes
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.

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.