The ONLY Bluebird Found in Georgia! (ID Guide)

What types of bluebirds can you find in Georgia?

common bluebirds in georgia

 

Bluebirds are one of the most popular birds in Georgia and have captivated people’s interest and attention for a long time. These small birds, distinguished by their beautiful blue plumage, are actually part of the thrush family (Turdidae).

 

And while everyone WANTS to attract bluebirds to their backyard, it’s surprisingly challenging to get them to visit bird feeders. But don’t worry, if you keep reading, you will learn some proven tips you can implement today!

 

Below is the ONLY type of bluebird that lives in Georgia!

 

Do you want to learn more about bluebirds? If so, I have written a few other articles that you may enjoy! 🙂

 

Please let me know which bluebird species you have spotted before in the “Comments” section! 🙂

 

*The range maps below were generously shared with permission from The Birds of The World, published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I use their site OFTEN to learn new information about birds!*

 


#1. Eastern Bluebird

eastern bluebird - types of bluebird in georgia

 

Few birds are as pretty as an Eastern Bluebird. Thanks to their cheerful disposition and amazing beauty, these birds are always a pleasure to see, both for birders and non-birders alike!

 

Males are vibrant blue with a rusty chest and throat and fairly easy to identify. Females look similar, but the colors are much more subdued.

 

Eastern Bluebirds are common in Georgia in open areas.

 

Eastern Bluebird Range Map

eastern bluebird range map

Look for them in meadows, fields, cemeteries, golf courses, parks, backyards, and even Christmas tree farms!

 

The primary diet of these birds changes with the seasons. During warmer months, insects caught on the ground are their primary source of nutrition, such as beetles, crickets, and spiders. When bugs go away in winter, their diet switches to fruit and berries found on trees.

 

Can you attract Eastern Bluebirds to bird feeders?

 

The short answer is YES. You can attract these bluebirds to your backyard feeding station, as long as you make special provisions for them.

 

Here are two quick tips you can implement today!

 

#1. Provide foods that bluebirds will actually eat.

species of bluebird in georgia

 

#2. Choose bird feeders that bluebirds will actually use.

 

You can also listen for Eastern Bluebirds!

Press PLAY above to hear an Eastern Bluebird!

These birds have a beautiful call. Listen for a liquid sounding warbling song that consists of 1—3 notes, which is typically given several times in a row.

 

It was once rare to see Eastern Bluebirds in Georgia!

 

Around 100 years ago, Eastern Bluebird populations started declining because of an extreme decrease in available nesting sites.

 

Here’s what happened:

 

Bluebirds are considered cavity nesters, which means they will only nest inside a fully enclosed cavity, except for the entrance hole. To complicate the issue, these birds are unable to make their own nest cavity. So in the wild, they only use holes in trees that were excavated by woodpeckers from seasons past.

 

bluebird using nest cavity

 

And over time, the availability of nesting sites decreased for the following reasons:

 

  • Humans typically cut down dead, rotting trees.

    • For aesthetic reasons, most people have dead trees cut down in their yard. But rotting trees are PERFECT for woodpeckers to excavate holes to build their nest cavities, which bluebirds use in subsequent years.

 

  • Old fence posts have been replaced with newer, hardier posts.

    • Wooden fence posts used to be excellent nesting sites for bluebirds after woodpeckers would hollow out cavities. But most of these wooden posts have now been replaced by metal posts, wire, or treated wood, which is harder for woodpeckers to excavate holes inside because it does not decay easily.

 

  • House Sparrows and European Starlings were introduced from Europe!

starling using bluebird nest box

 

But thanks to many dedicated people building nest boxes, bluebirds have recovered in Georgia!

 

The North American Bluebird Society has tirelessly promoted bluebird conservation to help bring public awareness to the nesting cavity issue, along with an incredible increase in knowledge about year-round requirements and behavior of all three bluebird species.

 


Where have you seen Eastern Bluebirds in Georgia before?

 

Leave a comment below!

9 responses to “The ONLY Bluebird Found in Georgia! (ID Guide)”

  1. Tim Rupard says:

    Check out indigo buntings and there’s another type of bunting that looks almost identical to the Eastern blue bird. Your dead fence bird could be either of those. We have indigo buntings here in Barrow county

  2. Amanda D says:

    I live in Villa Rica Ga and I have a male coming around my yard. He is so beautiful. I am not a bird watcher but this little guy makes me want to be one. I am thinking of getting him a feeder.

  3. Donna Durst says:

    I live in Georgia on the Savannah River and we have a few more blue birds here that are not mentioned. One particular that I can’t seem to find.

  4. Kara says:

    same here, but I’m in southeast Georgia. and this morning another bluebird that does not look like this was in our yard.

  5. Adrienne Petrocci says:

    Excited to see male Eastern Bluebird this a.m.

  6. Debbie BROCKMAN says:

    I had 4 or 5 eggs in the box, saw several babies while monitoring the nest. Now there is one egg in the box. Do I throw that out or will the Male and female come back to the nest and take care of it?

  7. Emma C. says:

    I have a nest with about 4 babies inside. It is definitely the eastern blue bird. See the daddy all day long feeding the babies. But I don’t ever see the momma. They made a nest in my porch post that a woodpecker made a hole in. What does the momma do after the babies are hatched?

  8. Jane says:

    I happened upon this article trying to figure out who these precious blue birds were that have moved into a little log cabin in my backyard. They are definitely eastern bluebirds, both male and female. The Male has an exquisite vibrant blue body. They are too sweet. This article was very helpful and now I know that I should get some mealworm feeders out here for these little dolls. I live in Marietta GA, just NW metro of Atlanta.

  9. Heather Dettore says:

    I just had a blue bird die in my yard after hitting our fence and it looks nothing like the blue bird in the article. We are in the north atlanta area.

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