Birds

State Bird of Missouri

On March 30, 1927, the native bluebird became the official state bird of Missouri.

The Eastern Bluebird (Sialis sialisis considered a symbol of happiness and often brings joy to the children when they spy one of these beautiful birds.

They are usually 6 ½ to 7 inches long which makes it a medium sized songbird. The deep blue plumage across the back, wings, and tail of the male bird supply the reason for his name, while the reddish-orange breast can make quite a spectacle.

The female is a more gray-blue color with a dull red breast. Juveniles have a spotted back and breast.

The bluebird is a frequent flyer at Wildcat Park. They are known to perch on low hanging branches and tall plants and then swoop through the air to catch insects. Much of the habitat in the park is ideal for the bluebird to feed on insects, small fruits and berries that make up their diet.

The bluebird's song is a warbling whistle broken into short phrases (Tu-wheet-tudu) or a dry chatter. It often sounds more like they are talking to you rather than singing.

We have provided 12 nest boxes throughout the park that are monitored yearly. Bluebirds are known to prefer a nest box, hollow tree, or snag (dead, decaying tree) to build their nest of woven grasses, pine needles and hair. Typically they will have more than one successful brood each year and their numbers have been increasing since the ‘70s, probably because of nest box campaigns.