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State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

The Mountain Bluebird became the state bird in 1967.  It is found statewide, usually at elevations above 5000 feet.  It can be found at lower elevations in colder winter months.  Its diet consists of insects and berries.  The male bluebird is bright blue with white underparts.  The female is generally less colorful, a brownish color with a touch of blue on the rump, tail, and wings.

The bluebird has been a sacred symbol to many Native Americans who valued its rich blue feathers.

Photo Credit:
Nevada State Museum