Turdidae (Thrust) Family
Eastern Bluebird is a medium-sized bird, 5-7 inches in overall length. The male bird is bright blue above with an orange-red throat and breast. The female is paler, mostly gray, with some white on the back and breast and a blush of rust on the upper breast.
The sweet chirrup and the flash of blue in garden or orchard or along a rural road have made the Eastern Bluebird a special favorite. For many years this much-admired bird has been in trouble as introduced House Sparrows and Starlings have taken over its preferred tree holes. Fortunately, bluebirds will nest in birdhouses specially designed to keep out the alien intruders. In many areas, hundreds of these houses have been set up along bluebird trails; ambitious projects that have halted the species' decline and even reversed it in some places.
Photo courtesy Donna Bell, Flomaton, AL
Copyright (c) 2006, Donna Bell
Photo courtesy Mike & Claire Carter, Pensacola, FL
July 31, 2009