Susan Alcott is a biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, she tells us a little more about these beautiful, and beautiful sounding, birds.
"Bluebirds are a more common songbird now, they are a member of the thrush family, one of our really beautiful songbird songsters. Everybody loves their melodic sound. Bluebird songs is not quite as fluty as a wood thrush, it sort of sounds like a flute under water."
If you want to attract bluebirds to your yard, you'll want to build them a house because these little critters don't do any home construction of their own.
"Bluebirds are cavity nesters, secondary cavity nesters. They cannot excavate their own cavity like woodpeckers can, woodpeckers are primary excavators." says Alcott.
And it's other type of excavators which can run a bluebird out of their house. You see, these are not only mellow sounding birds, their also non-confrontational with other birds. In other words, other birds will run them out of their houses. Bluebirds are vulnerable to a lot of threats.
"Bluebirds were heavily hit by DDT in the 50's and 60's and some invasive species like sparrows and starlings, so people started putting up bluebird houses in the 60's and 70's." says Alcott.
That new home construction is largely responsible for the relative population explosion of bluebirds that makes us all smile today.
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