Eastern bluebird (Photo by Cameron Curran/NCC staff) There is perhaps no other bird that has endeared itself into our popular culture as the bluebird. It’s the helpful feathered friend in Snow White , Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella . Bluebird is in the lyrics of over 500 songs, performed by artists such as Judy Garland, Led Zeppelin or Louis Armstrong. It’s also an easy bird to identify. Even if you’d never seen a bluebird before and were asked to guess the name, you’d probably get it right. It’s good that so many people know about the bluebird, because not that long ago it needed our help. There are three bluebird species in North America: eastern, western and mountain. The eastern bluebird can be distinguished from its cousins by its rusty-coloured breast and throat. In Canada, it ranges from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan. At the dawn of the 20 th century and into the 1950s, the eastern bluebird remained common throughout most of its range. Like many species that prefer open areas, it probably even benefitted from European colonization, as forests became pastures, fencerows and orchards. Eastern bluebirds rely on holes in trees to nest, often using cavities created by woodpeckers. […]


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