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Missouri State Bird

Native Eastern Bluebird

State Symbol: Missouri State Bird - Bluebird

(Sialia sialis)

Adopted on March 30, 1927.

On March 30, 1927, the native bluebird, (Sialia sialis,) became the official state bird of Missouri. The bluebird, considered a symbol of happiness, is usually 6 1/2 to 7 inches long. While its upper parts are covered with light blue plumage, its breast is cinnamon red, turning rust-colored in the fall. The bluebird is common in Missouri from early spring until late November. (RSMo 10.010) 

The bluebirds are a group of medium-sized, mostly insectivorous or omnivorous bird in the order of Passerines in the genus Sialia of the thrush family and are the state bird of Missouri and New York

Missouri State Bird: Native Eastern Bluebird

State Symbol: Missouri State Bird - Bluebird

The Eastern bluebird, (Sialia sialis,) is a small bird found in open woodlands, farmlands and orchards. Eastern bluebirds are found east of the Rockies, southern Canada to the Gulf States and southeastern Arizona to Nicaragua.

The bright blue breeding plumage of the male, easily observed on a wire or open perch, fluttering down to the mowed grass to capture a grasshopper, cricket or beetle makes this species a favorite of birders. The male's call includes sometimes soft warbles of jeew or chir-wi or the melodious song chiti WEEW wewidoo.

Characteristic of the Native Eastern Bluebird

Eastern bluebirds are small birds with short, slender beaks and short legs. They are brightly colored, with a blue upper body, red breast, and white abdomen. Males have wing and tail feathers that are blue with black or gray shafts and tips. Their heads are a lighter shade of blue, which fades into a red throat and breast area. The breast and belly are white with light blue tips on some of the longer feathers. Females also exhibit this pattern of coloration, although they tend to be duller than males and have more gray. Adult weight ranges from 27 to 34 grams. They are, on average 6 inches long from the tip of their beak to the end of their tail.

Identification:

  • Length: 6 inches
  • Thin bill
  • Most often seen in open habitats

Adult male:

  • Bright blue plumage; brightest on upperparts
  • Lacks any brown coloration

Female:

  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • Remainder of plumage gray
  • Eye ring

Juvenile:

  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • White eye ring
  • Spotted underparts

Missouri Statute

The law designating the native "bluebird" as the official Missouri state bird is Section 10.010 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, Title 2 (SOVEREIGNTY, JURISDICTION AND EMBLEMS) Chapter 10 (State Emblems) Section 10.010.

TITLE II SOVEREIGNTY, JURISDICTION AND EMBLEMS
Chapter 10 State Emblems
SECTION 10.010.

Official state bird.

10.010. The native "bluebird" (Sialia Sialis) is selected for and shall be known as the official bird of the state of Missouri.

(RSMo 1939 § 15439, RSMo 1949 § 10.070, A.L. 1957 p. 726)

Prior revision: 1929 § 14314
 

Taxonomic Hierarchy: Eastern Bluebird

Kingdom: Animalia - animals
Phylum: Chordata - chordates
    Subphylum: Vertebrata - vertebrates
Class: Aves - birds
Order: Passeriformes - perching birds
Family: Muscicapidae - old world flycatchers
Genus: Sialia Swainson, 1827 - bluebirds
Species: Sialia sialis ---- eastern bluebird

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