Starting the day hearing tiny birds chirping outside early in the morning makes the day much better. Often you may hear and see many types of different birds but it is likely that you will fail to recognize them.
In the United States, many birds can be found, varying in size and color. Each one of them is beautiful in their own way and can be a pleasure to see hopping around in your backyard. This is especially true for blue-headed birds that are so stunning.
There are many birds with blue heads. Some of the most common ones include Blue Jay, Eastern Bluebird, Lazuli Bunting, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Purple Sunbird, Common Grackle, Western Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Cliff Swallow, Purple Martin, Mountain Bluebird, and Tree Swallow.
As you read ahead, you will get to know more about some mesmerizing blue-headed birds that you may notice in your backyard but do not know much about yet. This is not a list of all the birds found with different shades of blue on them but most that you may see around frequently.
If you reside in North America and want to know more about these birds, then this field guide from Amazon can add vastly to your knowledge.
Here is a list of 16 birds that can be found with hints of blue on them. Some have a faded blue color while others appear to be bright blue. Let us read into the list and then go on to discover each of them individually.
|Blue Jay||Cyanocitta cristata|
|Eastern Bluebird||Sialia sialis|
|Lazuli Bunting||Passerina amoena|
|Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay||Aphelocoma woodhouseii|
|Purple Sunbird||Cinnyris asiaticus|
|Common Grackle||Quiscalus quiscula|
|Western Bluebird||Sialia mexicana|
|Indigo Bunting||Passerina cyanea|
|California Scrub-Jay||Aphelocoma californica|
|Blue Grosbeak||Passerina caerulea|
|Cliff Swallow||Petrochelidon pyrrhonota|
|Purple Martin||Progne subis|
|Tree Swallow||Tachycineta bicolor|
|Black-Throated Blue Warbler||Setophaga caerulescens|
|Cerulean Warbler||Setophaga cerulea|
|White-Breasted Nuthatch||Sitta carolinensis|
Birds do not have teeth; they have to swallow their food whole instead of biting into it. An organ called a gizzard helps them to grind and digest their food properly!
Blue Jays are different from all the other bluebirds seen. They have vibrant features and can be seen all year round, mainly in the eastern part of the United States. They are one of the loudest jays and are also identified as feeder bullies.
How to identify a Blue Jay?
Blue Jays tend to rub ants on their feathers to remove the formic acid, found on ants, before eating them up. This practice is known as anting!
Eastern Bluebirds are small round-headed birds with large eyes and a plump body. The male bluebirds have blue on their wings and head while the female bluebird is more of a grayish-blue shade from their head area.
They can usually be located in areas that are not too high as they search the ground for food and drop down to peck on insects.
How to identify an Eastern Bluebird?
In winters, bluebirds look for berries and fruits for food, if you want to attract them to your backyard, planting trees and shrubs will be a good idea!
Lazuli Buntings sit in an upright posture and are usually found on low branches and shrubs. These birds can be found in suburban gardens and fencerow fields during the breeding season.
How to identify a Lazuli Bunting?
Male Lazuli buntings sing only one song whether they are two years old or more. It comprises a series of varying syllables, unique to them individually!
These are loud and inquisitive little creatures, found usually in high trees and wires. While taking flight, they seem to go slow with several glides mixed with fluttering.
How to Identify a Woodhouse Scrub-Jay?
A group of jays can be called a ‘scold’, ‘party', ‘cast’ and ‘band’ of jays!
These are small birds that feed mainly on nectar and insects. They are usually found in pairs. The males flutter their wings in front of the female birds while singing when they are ready to breed.
How to identify a Purple Sunbird?
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunbirds can live up to 16 years!
Common Grackles are similar to blackbirds but larger. They have the same size as a mourning dove. They are mostly seen in large flocks. Common Grackles rely on their long legs for pecking food off the ground.
How to identify a Common Grackle?
To attract Common Grackles to your backyard, set up bird feeders with mixed grain and seeds!
These birds are similar to eastern bluebirds but vary in color. The male western bluebirds have blue shaded throats while the male eastern bluebirds have orange shaded throats. These birds are very social and hunt for food in flocks during the non-breeding season.
How to identify Western Bluebirds?
Western bluebirds weigh only an ounce. They require 155 calories to survive per day and 23 calories if they are raising their babies!
Indigo Buntings are small-sized birds that are found on shrubs, treetops, and wires during the summer. They move in large flocks when migrating. These species usually consume seeds, insects, and berries.
How to identify Indigo Buntings?
To attract Indigo Buntings to your yard, you can set up thistles or Nyjer seeds!
Similar to other scrub jays but the difference in colors and patches can be observed in all. They usually look for high areas to sit on and are native to western North America.
How to identify California Scrub-Jays?
These species are mischievous and have been caught stealing acorns. When stealing they check that no other Jays are watching them!
Blue grosbeaks are attracted to areas with grains and shrubs. A shrubby backyard is one where they might visit frequently. Male grosbeaks sing during the summers. They often twitch their tail sideways which can make them easily identifiable.
How to identify Blue Grosbeaks?
Evidence states that Blue Grosbeaks are the closest relatives of Lazuli Buntings!
Cliff Swallows are small admirable creatures and can be spotted in your backyard with their bright glowing forehead. They are always found in large groups and prefer building nests under bridges or on cliff ledges.
How to identify Cliff Swallows?
DID YOU KNOW?
When a Cliff Swallow is unable to find food, it watches its neighbor and follows it when it leaves for a food hunt!
Purple Martins are colonial. Many martins are usually found nesting in the same place. They fly swiftly with a mixture of flapping and drifting. They often feed and hunt insects in the air.
How to identify Purple Martins?
If you place crushed eggshells in your yard, it becomes a source of grit for digesting insect exoskeletons for the martins!
Tree Swallows usually sustain small insects that they catch during their acrobatic flight. When the breeding season ends, they create a large flock and migrate. In non-breeding seasons, they come together to form roosts.
How to identify Tree Swallows?
Tree swallows have helped researchers make progress in several aspects of ecology. These species are known to be the best-studied species so far!
A unique bird covered with three different colors. They feed on insects that are found in the undersides of leaves.
How to identify Black-throated Blue Warblers?
Male and female birds of this particular species look extremely different and initially, they were categorized as two different species!
Cerulean Warblers are small, pretty creatures. In the spring and summer seasons, they create a loud buzz which makes them easy to identify.
How to identify Cerulean Warblers?
DID YOU KNOW?
When the first nest of a cerulean warbler fails, it recreates the second one with spider web found on the old nest!
White-breasted nuthatches are small, active birds that are quick to respond. They can adjust themselves according to the surface they walk on, for example, they turn upside down or sideways on vertical surfaces.
How to identify White-breasted Nuthatches?
If you want to attract White-breasted Nuthatches, then you can leave out some large nuts such as peanuts or sunflower seeds in your yard!
This post talked about all the blue-headed birds that you may spot and identify in your backyard.
Some of them may include Blue Jays, Eastern Bluebirds, Lazuli Buntings, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays, Purple sunbirds, Common Grackles, and more.
There are many beautiful bird species present on earth and admiring these wonders of nature is worth it. If you are keen to learn more about birdwatching then you must read our blog on backyard bird watching essential gear requirements.
My name is Inigo and I'm the the founder of Bird Watching USA! I started Bird Watching with My father-in-law many years ago, and I've become an addict to watching these beautiful creatures. I've learnt so much over about bird watching over the years that I want to share with the world everything I know about them!
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