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Last Updated: May 23rd, 2010 - 21:01:09

 


State Bird of Nevada
By USGS
Sep 7, 2006, 15:36 PST





Mountain bluebird
Sialia currucoides


Identification Tips:

  • Length: 6 inches
  • Thin bill
  • Most often seen in open habitats

Adult male:

  • Bright blue plumage; brightest on upperparts
  • Lacks any brown coloration

Female:

  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • Remainder of plumage gray
  • Eye ring

Juvenile:

  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • White eye ring
  • Spotted underparts

Similar species:

The Mountain Bluebird is most likely to be confused with other bluebirds. Male Mountain Bluebirds lack any reddish coloration on their underparts unlike Eastern and Western Bluebirds. Females are more difficult to separate. Eastern Bluebirds have a brownish throat and white belly while Mountain Bluebirds have gray throats and bellies. Western Bluebirds are browner on the breast than Mountain Bluebirds and have thicker bills. Male Mountain Bluebirds might be confused with other all blue birds like Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks but these birds have much thicker, conical bills.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Source: USGS


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