Two western bluebirds perch in a peach tree while a third bluebird sits on a woven wooden basket filled with freshly harvested fruit ready for market. (Coyright and website text do NOT appear on original, prints, or other products)
The Western Bluebird is a small thrush. It lives in open woodlands in and west of the Rocky Mountains, and ranges from southern Canada to central America. Western Bluebirds can most easily be distinguised from Eastern Bluebirds by their throat color. Western Bluebirds have blue feathers under their bills down to their orange chests. On the Eastern Bluebird the orange chest feathers extend all the way up the throat. Eastern Bluebirds also have a bright white belly below their orange chests. On the Western Bluebird the belly color below the orange can range from off white to gray to blue.