Eastern Bluebird




Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Turdidae





Eastern Bluebird - Male
Photo by Ken Thomas

Eastern Bluebird Information

Length:  6.5 - 7 "

Habitat:  Open grassy areas with scattered trees; fields, meadows, orchards, and farmlands; woodland edges.

Diet:  Insects, esp. grasshoppers, katydids, beetles, crickets, and caterpillars; spiders and earthworms; wild fruit.

  Songs and calls of the Eastern Bluebird

Additional Information

Eastern Bluebird
Photos, description, range, habitat, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, food habits, and predators. (From Animal Diversity Web)


Eastern Bluebird at Nest Cavity


Eastern Bluebird at Nest Cavity

© NNE & licensors

Eastern Bluebird
Identification Tips

  • Thin bill
  • Most often seen in open habitats: agricultural areas, wood edges, et al
Adult male
  • Bright blue upperparts
  • Orange-red throat, breast and sides
  • White belly and undertail coverts
Female
  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • Gray crown and back
  • White eye ring
  • Brownish throat, breast and sides
  • White belly and undertail coverts
Juvenile
  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • Gray crown and back
  • White eye ring
  • Spotted underparts

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)


Breeding Bird Survey Map,
2011-2015


Eastern Bluebird Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)


Range in New England


The Eastern Bluebird breeds throughout the region.

This bird can also be found sporadically in New England during the winter. These sightings tend to be more common in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, but also occur further north.


Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Eastern Bluebird from Dec-Feb over past 10 years (2009-2019)


Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS