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bluebird,

common name for a North American migratory bird of the family Turdidae (thrush family). The eastern bluebird, Sialia sialis, is among the first spring arrivals in the North. It is about 7 in. (17.8 cm) long. The plumage of the male appears vivid blue in bright light and black at a distance; the breast is cinnamon-red, the under parts white. The female's coloring is duller. The bluebird usually nests in orchards or on the edges of woodlands but will also use nesting boxes. As a destroyer of insects it is of great value; it also eats wild fruits. Related birds are the mountain, the western (genus Sialia) or chestnut-backed, and the Florida bluebirds. Bluebirds have a cheerful call and a sweet, warbling song. They raise several broods during a single mating season. The female is responsible for the incubation duties. Bluebirds are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Turdidae.

bluebird

1. any North American songbird of the genus Sialia, having a blue or partly blue plumage: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
2. fairy bluebird any songbird of the genus Irena, of S and SE Asia, having a blue-and-black plumage: family Irenidae
3. any of various other birds having a blue plumage
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Nesting Foraging Common Name Scientific Name Guild Guild American robin Turdus migratorius S GI/AO Bachman's sparrow Aimophila aestivalis G GI/Gr Common yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas S/G SI Eastern bluebird Sialia sialis C GI Northern bobwhite Colinus virginianus G GO Red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis C BI Worm-eating warbler Helmitheros vermivorus G GI/SI *S=shrub, G=ground, C=cavity, B=bark, Gr=granivore, I=insectivore, O=omnivore Table 3.
ustulatus (Nuttall), Swainson's I O thrush Hylocichla mustelina (Gmelin), I C wood thrush Ixoreus naevius (Gmelin), varied I R thrush Myadestes townsendi (Audubon), I R Townsend's solitaire Oenanthe oenanthe (Linnaeus), I R northern wheatear Sialia currucoides (Bechstein), I R mountain bluebird S.