A-Z Challenge – B is for Bluebird

There are three species of Bluebirds in the United States. The Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds. I have seen 2 out of 3. Two out of three ain’t bad, except I need the trifecta for my life list. I just had to add the Meatloaf video of the song when I wrote this out. One day I will get the 3rd bird.


The Eastern Bluebirds are, yes you guessed it on the east coast and throughout the midsection of North America and down into Central America. The Western Bluebirds are on the west coast from just into Canada and down to Mexico. Mountain Bluebirds are in the mountains from Mexico to well further north into Canada and Alaska than the Western Bluebird.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird perched in a tree in our yard.

Western Bluebird

The Western Bluebird, when I do see this bird is comparable to the Eastern Bluebird in many ways. Both male species have dark blue backs, wings and head with orange breasts, however the male Western Bluebirds have blue throats whereas the male Eastern Bluebird has an orange throat. The females of both of these species are harder to identify when you are in crossing lines of territory.

Western Bluebird
Photo by ziaurasouthwest from freepik.com

Mountain Bluebird

This Mountain Bluebird was perched up on a wooden fence in Emigrant, Montana one morning while traveling on the Old Yellowstone Trail, the road less traveled. The Mountain Bluebird is quite different in color than the Eastern and Western Bluebird. This one perched is a female.

Mountain Bluebird

This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.


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30 Comments on “A-Z Challenge – B is for Bluebird

    • The Eastern Bluebird is year round in central and east Texas north & south and winters in the western part of the state. You should see them at some point. 😊

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  1. The mountain bluebird is seen at or above 5,000 feet. Where we spent our summers the MBB nested. They had 2 broads in the summer and one time I saw a western bluebird with a Mountain bluebird.
    One of my cherish bird sightings when the family went to see my great aunt in Praire, Idaho. I was about 13 years. The bluebirds were staging before migration. There bluebirds everywhere. I have never seen that many bluebirds again.
    When I was a girl scout (1940s) We voted to name Idaho’s state bird. Stay safe!

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  2. I may be biased, but I like the Easter bluebird better, since it seems to have more blue!

    And as soon as you wrote two out of three ain’t bad, I thought of Meatloaf. one of my favorite performers…

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    • Well, you may not have bluebirds but Hawaii has lots of colorful birds. I will eventually visit the islands again. I was there in 1984 as an 18 year old just out of high school. I’d love to go back as a birder and explore even more. I’m going to check out your novels because I love mystery. I will also check out your A-Z challenge. Thanks for sending me your link. I took the day off yesterday and am so behind. πŸ™‚

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