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Length 16Â·5â€“21 cm (6Â½-8Â¼ in), Wingspan 33cm (13 in)
Female: similar, but drabber, with rusty colour in place of orange, and grey nape
 Similar Species
Similar to Western Bluebird, which has a blue throat. Belly and undertail whiter, not as grey.
Found in open stands of mature pine woods and dead trees, farmlands and orchards.
The bright blue breeding plumage of the male, makes it easy to see when perched on a wire or open perch, prior to fluttering down to the ground to feed.
The diet consists of insects such as grasshoppers, crickets or beetles during the summer with fruit and berries added in the autumn and winter months. Feeds mostly in open to semi-open areas.
Breeding season mainly from March to August with a peak in April in all areas. Most populations are double-brooded, however birds in boreal Canada and Florida are mostly single-brooded, while in the south of its range many pairs breed three times a year (with records of up to five broods in one season). A monogamous species, but polygyny and polyandry occur. Can be a semi-colonial nester if the opportunity arises.
Northern populations migrate south in small groups, sometimes in flocks of several hundreds. A diurnal migrant.
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