Mountain Bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) are bright blue, beautiful birds. They are the state bird of both Nevada and Idaho. They live in the western United States and are year round residents of the Basin and Range region. They like wide, open spaces, especially in high elevations. They are cavity nesters, making their nests in holes of trees.
They are fairly small birds, a bit smaller than a robin. Given their name, it's not surprising that they are blue in color. Males are sky blue with darker wings and tails, their undersides are pale blue to gray. Females are more gray with wings and a tail that are tinted blue. Their beaks and legs are black.
Mountain bluebirds tend to eat insects including beetles, caterpillars and grasshoppers, which they hunt from perches in trees or while in flight. They are able to hover in the air, then quickly dart to pounce upon their prey. They will also eat small berries and seeds, especially in winter.
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