Utah Bird Profile
 Mountain Bluebird - Sialia currucoides

Name Roots: (Gr. sialis, "a kind of bird" - Sp. curruca, "the linnet"; oides, "like")

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Article by Junece Markham

by Ted Steinke

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a snag at a height of 2-50 feet, in a cavity nest. This species is a rare cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an insectivore: ground gleaner. During the non-breeding seasons this species is an omnivore: lower-canopy forager; insectivore: ground gleaner.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in mountain riparian and high desert scrub habitats.
How to find: This beautiful, sky blue bird is listed as a common summer resident and uncommon winter resident. During the winter they are found mainly in the southern part of the state in loose-knit foraging flocks in open, agricultural areas. During the breeding season since they are a cavity nesting bird look for them in aspen forests such as can be found on the Nebo Loop and Mt. Timpanogos scenic highways. Also, since the Salt Lake Audubon Society has placed a number of nesting boxes in the Strawberry Valley this is an excellent place to observe this species.  ~ Merrill Webb

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