Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird, male

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Western Bluebirds are an occasional visitor to Kaweah Oaks Preserve. They visit mostly in January and February, but can be seen as late as May. Unfortunatley, we can't keep them here when they want to go a little higher in elevation, like Woodlake and Elderwood, or even higher.

They are very pleasant birds, about the size of a large sparrow; and much smaller than a Robin. They eat lots of insects and can be seen eating crushed walnuts at home bird feeders during late winter in Visalia.

The western species can be distinguished from its eastern relative by the sky blue color of the chin, throat, wings, and tail. Western Bluebirds also have chestnut-red breasts, flanks, and shoulders. In some birds, the back is partially or entirely blue. The belly and undertail coverts are blue gray.

Female Western Bluebirds are less colorful than males. They have a brownish gray head and back, light blue wings and tail, and grayish white throat, belly, and undertail coverts. The breast is a pale rust. The females also have a dull white eye ring. 

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