Nevada State Bird
- Official Nevada State Bird: Mountain Bluebird
- Family: Turdidae, Thrushes
- Scientific name: Sialia currucoides
- Length: 7.25" (18 cm)
- Diet: Insects; also takes fruit, especially in winter.
Young fed insects.
- Foraging Behavior: Often hovers while foraging from ground
or hawking from low perch.
Song a series of low, burry whistles like call
jerrf jerrf jewr jipo jerrf. Call a soft whistle similar to other
bluebirds but thinner and clearer: feeer or a mellow, muffled
perf, always descending; also a short, harsh chik or
- Habitat: Open rangelands, meadows, generally at
elevations above 5,000 feet; in winter found primarily in open
- Number of broods: 2
- Nest: Often in woodpecker-excavated cavity; loose
cup of grass, weed stems, pine needles, twigs, occasionally with hair
or feathers. Female selects site.
- Eggs: Averages 5-6 pale blue to bluish-white
eggs, rarely white, unmarked. 0.8" (22 mm).
- Incubation period: 13-14 days
- Fledge: 22-23 days after hatching
- Longevity Record: 9 Years and 0 months (according to USGS
Bird Banding Lab)
The Mountain Bluebird was designated the official Nevada State Bird in 1967 (NRS 235.060 State Bird).
Bluebirds are the State Birds of three other States besides Nevada.
Bird (also the Mountain Bluebird).
State Bird and
State Bird (Eastern Bluebird).
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