The Western Bluebird
Art by: Sama Wareh
Have you ever heard of a Western Bluebird?
Have you ever seen one?
Western bluebirds are very pretty birds. The males are a bright blue with a rust colored belly, while the females are a duller color.
Western bluebirds sometimes catch insects in midair. They also like to hunt for insects by dropping to the ground from a low perch. Now can you guess what 'vore' they are? They’re not carnivores but insectivores.
Western bluebirds are cavity nesters. They rely on woodpeckers to make their homes for them. But Western bluebirds can also nest in nesting boxes. So if you hang up a nesting box you may get lucky as a Western bluebird might nest in your nesting box. Western bluebirds lay one to six pale blue eggs.
Baby Western bluebirds are fed by both parents. Weren’t you fed by both of your parents when you were a baby? In that way Western bluebirds are kind of like you, but Western bluebirds weigh only about an ounce and they are about fifteen to eighteen centimeters in length. They are larger than a sparrow, but smaller than an American Robin. Now can you pronounce this? Their scientific name is Sialia Mexicana. Kind of hard to say, right? Well, I hope you learned a little about western bluebirds.
Now go look for birds!
Click here to visit the National Audubon Society's website to learn more.
By: Asiya Rizvi Age 12
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