(Sialia currucoides). Patient Number 21-1421.
Date of admission: August 26, 2021.
Reason for admission: Shoulder injury.
There are three species of bluebird(s) that can be found in North America: the Mountain Bluebird 'Sialia currucoides,' the Eastern Bluebird, 'Sialia sialis,' and the Western Bluebird, 'Sialia mexicana.'
Bluebirds belong to the thrush family, whose members are found throughout much of the world. Including the ever so popular, American Robin.
Male mountain bluebirds have a bright azure-blue body and a pale stomach. The females exhibit more muted tones with pale blue tail feathers, and crown, and a grey-white body.
The mountain bluebird’s preferred habitat is sparsely treed grasslands. Feeding mostly on insects and small fruit, such as mistletoe, hackberry, and currants. They flock in the Fall migrating to areas in the southern United States, and the Gulf of Mexico. Their flocks can range from 50 to 100, traveling mostly during the day stopping only briefly to munch on weed seeds and dead insects.
Mountain bluebirds have been known to dive for their food, often hovering rather than perching, and then plummeting in pursuit of their prey.
Bluebirds prefer to nest in natural cavities, but are opportunists and can be persuaded to nest in birdhouses. A female will take a few days to a week to build her nest and shortly after will lay a clutch of five to six eggs. Incubation will last two weeks, and then it will be an additional 18 to 21 days until the fledglings are leaving the nest. Mountain bluebirds are also often known for rearing more than one batch a summer.
This male mountain bluebird was brought to AIWC after being found grounded in the area surrounding our facility in Rocky View County. Upon intake, it was discovered that he was suffering from a right shoulder injury and therefore will remain at AIWC until he is fully recovered.