Mountain Bluebird (Photo by Leta Pezderic)

Mountain Bluebird (Photo by Leta Pezderic)

Female western bluebird (Photo by Bill Pennell)

Female western bluebird (Photo by Bill Pennell)

Western bluebird

What does it look like?

The western bluebird is a small thrush, easily recognized by its bright blue and rust plumage, with males much brighter than the grayish-brown females.

Canadian distribution of western bluebird (Map by NCC)

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Where does this species live?

Western bluebirds can be found in open woodlands. They make their nests in existing cavities in trees, dead wood or nest boxes.

The beautiful blue songbirds were a once common sight on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Known as harbingers of spring, their song would be heard as the weather turned warm and the vibrant wildflowers began to bloom in Garry oak meadows and woodlands.

What is NCC doing to protect habitat for this species?

In 2012 NCC joined a group effort to reintroduce this Garry oak ecosystem-dependent species to the Cowichan Valley (see Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve). The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT), the Cowichan Valley Naturalists, Victoria Natural History Society, Ecostudies Institute – Washington, the Province of British Columbia and NCC have contributed their skills and resources to the Bring Back the Bluebirds Project.

Read more about our reintroduction efforts here >

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