French: Merlebleu azuré German: Berghüttensänger Spanish: Azulejo claro
Motacilla s. Sylvia Currucoides
“Virginien” = western North America
C & E Alaska, W & C Canada and W USA; non-breeding S to SW & SC USA and W & C Mexico.
16·5–20 cm; 27–33 g. Male is slightly glossy bright cobalt-blue above, vaguely darker on ear-coverts and lores; tips of flight-feathers and of tail... read more
Song, from several perches within territory, often near nest-cavity and sometimes in flight, of two... read more
Breeds in tree-line-tundra ecotones, prairie-forest ecotones, savannas, grassland with groves of... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly arthropods in spring and summer; mainly small fruits and some seeds in autumn and winter. Invertebrate food in one all-year study... read more
Apr to early Sept, mean date for first-clutch completion mid-May in C of range; two broods attempted by c. 50% of pairs; nest failure may... read more
Most migratory of genus, but majority of population winters at lower elevations within breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Low but stable numbers across most of extensive range; irregularly common to fairly common in winter in Mexico. W spread of logging and grazing... read more
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