The western bluebird (Sialia mexicana) is a winter migrant at Red Rock Canyon. These medium sized birds (6-7”) are very colorful with blue heads, wings, and tails, gray bellies, and orange chests. You can often find western bluebirds feeding on mistletoe and juniper berries during the winter. When the days get longer and the temperatures rise, they will migrate up to higher elevations for the summer and eat mostly insects. Western bluebirds build nests inside tree hollows, bird boxes, and cavities within buildings. Look for them at Calico Basin, Willow Springs, and pinyon-juniper zones at Red Rock Canyon.
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