A member of the Thrush family, the Western Bluebird or Rocky Mountain Bluebird can be seen in open meadows near trees, sagebrush prairies, pinyon-juniper woods as well as mountainous areas and Alpine zones above the treeline; in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountains of North America. Continue reading for photos, facts and footage of the beautiful Rocky Mountain Bluebird or Sialia currucoides.
The Rocky Mountain Bluebird often forages by perching or hovering and then darts out to catch flying insects once their prey has been spotted. Beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars are also free game. In wintertime they forage for wild berries such as juniper berries, mistletoe, hack berries or anything else they can find. If you have ever caught a glimpse of one of these birds fluttering around, it is like a small piece of the most beautiful blue sky. The female pictured above is modestly dressed, while the male of the species is somewhat more decorated with more blue on it’s breast and darker blues on it’s back seen here:
The Rocky Mountain Bluebird dwells in high elevations during the summer months where insects are plentiful. They nest in empty hollows and crevices among trees, rocks, buildings or cliffs. Then as the weather begins to change, these breathtaking birds assume a slow, nomadic migration from high elevations down to the lower areas near the Rocky Mountains in search of better foraging grounds.
There are a few ways to attract these birds to visit your yard on their yearly migration routes. One way is to grow a garden, including some of their favorite berries mentioned above, so that they have a place to forage for food during winter months. Although apparently not everything they find is worth swallowing. I captured footage of several of these birds coughing up and spitting out tidbits of food here and there. However it seems like they are getting enough nutrition to keep them going. To show you that footage, I have made a short video on YouTube which you can watch here if you would like:
Another way to attract bluebirds is to install a birdhouse that is the correct size for the birds you wish to attract. You can purchase a kit and build your own or they also come fully assembled. To see these birdhouses for yourself and check out the current pricing, just follow this link to Western Mountain Bluebird Houses on Amazon – also for more in depth information about attracting Bluebirds, there is The Bluebird Book: A Complete Guide To Attracting Bluebirds also on Amazon.
These birds mate and raise young twice per year, having broods of between four and eight chicks at a time, usually during the spring months when they return to higher elevations.
If you live near the Rocky Mountains keep an eye out for these striking blue creatures of nature and let me know in the comments section if you have seen one – I really appreciate your interest in this segment; the internet and I would like to know what you think about it.
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