Western Bluebirds

webl-male-1Western bluebirds are a very beautiful bird.  They are found in western north america.  These small songbirds are members of the thrush family.  Western bluebirds have two subspecies; the chestnut-backed bluebird of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Northern Mexico, and the San Pedro bluebird of Southern California.  Bluebirds are highly respected by people all over North America.

Western bluebirds are mainly insectivorous birds.  They eat beetles, grasshoppers and crickets, spiders, mosquitoes, moths and butterflies, bees, and various other insects.  They hunt by spotting these insects on the ground from an elevated perch, or while they are hovering.  They eat insect mainly in the summer.  In winter, they will switch to a diet of fruits and berries as insects become scarce.

webl-babies-1Western bluebirds have nesting behaviors that are different from most other birds.  They make their nests in abandoned woodpecker holes.  They construct their nests out of pine needles and dry grass in the cavities to protect their nestlings from the weather.  They raise their young in these cavities.  The nestlings are first fed soft worms and caterpillars, but as they grow older, they are fed insects with hard exoskeletons.  The nestlings generally fledge about 18 days after hatching.  Their parents teach them to hunt and forage for about four weeks before the young birds leave for good.