Eastern Bluebird

Sialia sialis

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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Turdidae

Size

Eastern Bluebirds are generally between 6.25 and 8.4 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 10.25 years

Weight

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) facts, habitat, range, bluebird pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the sonbird.

Diet

Insectivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Midwest, Eastern U.S.

Nest Placement

Cavity

Number of Offspring

3-7 Eggs

Egg Description

Soft Blue

Condition at Hatching

Helpless, eyes closed, patchy gray down

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

9.75-12.75 in

What does the Eastern Bluebird look like?

Eastern Bluebirds are small thrushes. They have big round heads with large eyes, stout bodies, short tails and legs with long wings. Males have dark blue upper bodies and wings, red breasts and white bellies. Females have grayish upper bodies, blue wings and dull orange breasts.

Eastern Bluebird Habitat

Open Forests

Eastern Bluebird Facts

Eastern Bluebirds primary eat insects but will eat plant matter and occasionally small reptiles and amphibians. Chipmunks and squirrels prey on their eggs and adults often fall victim to birds of prey, raccoons and snakes. Look for their brilliant blue color when hiking along trails in open forests.

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