Eastern Bluebird — Sialia sialis

Order Passeriformes
Family Turdidae
Genus Sialia
Species sialis

The Bluebird is slightly larger than a sparrow, has a blue back and a rusty red breast. The female is duller than the male. It is found in open country with scattered trees, on farms or along roadsides. It is frequently seen perched on telephone or electric wires by roadsides. It likes to fly from perches to the ground in short grassy areas to feed on insects. The Bluebird nests in hollow places in trees or in nest boxes. It is found throughout the eastern U.S., moving to southern states in the winter.


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