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Idaho State Bird

Mountain bluebird - click to see all 50 state birds
Mountain bluebird, photo by Elaine R. Wilson / Wikipedia.org
(use permitted with attribution / share alike). See All State Birds - National Bird

Mountain Bluebird

See mountain bluebird video below

The lovely mountain bluebird (Sialia arctcia) was designated the official state bird of Idaho in 1931. Idaho recognizes two bird symbols (the peregrine falcon is the official state raptor). The mountain bluebird is also the state bird of Nevada.

Mountain Bluebird Facts

The male mountain bluebird is a breathtaking brilliant sky-blue, the female is gray with blue on her wings and tail.

mountain bluebird photo - click to see all 50 state birds
Male mountain bluebird photo by Dave Menke: courtesy USFWS

The mountain bluebird is a small thrush found on ranchland and other open areas of the American West. It prefers more open habitats than other bluebirds and can be found in colder habitats in winter. Only the female bluebird builds the nest. The male sometimes acts as if he is helping, but he either brings no nest material or he drops it on the way.

Mountain bluebirds hover over the ground and fly down to catch insects, and may also fly from a perch to catch them. Their main diet consists of insects and berries. They may forage in flocks in winter.

Source:
State Emblems: Idaho Secretary of State
Idaho Emblems (pdf): Idaho Historical Society
About Birds - Mountain Bluebird: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Mountain Bluebird: Wikipedia.org
Links:
Facts About Idaho: VisitIdaho.org
All State Birds - National Bird

    

 

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