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Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Just like their eastern cousins, the Mountain Bluebird is in a constant struggle for nesting sites. These birds have benefited by the placement of birdhouses.

Their song is Robin-like with a pitch slightly higher than the eastern species.

Just like their eastern cousins, the Mountain Bluebird is in a constant struggle for nesting sites. These birds have benefited by the placement of birdhouses.

Their song is Robin-like with a pitch slightly higher than the eastern species.

Description

These birds measure about 6 to 7 1/2 inches in length. The male has bright blue all over.

The female is grayish. Her wings and tail are blue. The wings are longer than either the eastern or western bluebird.

Mating Habits

The mating habits include the male singing from exposed perches or from the tops of trees.

Serving two purposes, letting potential mates and rivals know that he has possession of that particular territory.

These birds begin singing at the first hint of daylight. As the day begins to shine, moments after sunrise, they stop singing.

Believed to be monagamous during the nesting season. Males aggressively defend their mates from other single males.

Nesting Habits

The nest is a loose cup of stems and rootlets in an abandon woodpecker hole, tree cavity, or cavity in earth bank or among rocks on a cliff. Uses birdhouses.

Only the female builds the nest, both aggressively defend the nest.

The female lays 4 to 6 pale blue or white eggs. Incubation last about 14 days and is done by both male and female.

Nestling period is unknown.

Feeding Habits

These birds feed on insects and berries. Often hovering just above the ground hunting insects.

One habit of these birds is called ground sallying briefly landing on the ground from a perch, snatching their prey and returning to their perch to eat.

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