Photography of Birds – Set # 272
Set # 272
Some taxonomists placed the Blue Grosbeak in its own monotypic genus Guiraca but in 2001 a molecular phylogenetic study of mitochondrial DNA sequences found that the blue grosbeak, in spite of being physically larger, nested within the Passerina and was most closely related to the lazuli bunting. The species is therefore now placed with the North American buntings in Passerina, a genus that was introduced by the French ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1816.
Both parents cooperate in raising the young, which they feed a diet consisting almost entirely of insects. Some young stay around the nest to help raise another brood. Fledglings are grayish in color, with speckled breasts. The blue color becomes much more prominent and the speckles on their breasts disappear as they mature. Bluebirds may begin breeding the summer after they are hatched.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
Reblogged this on THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON….
I enjoyed this celebration of two of America’s blue birds, HJ. Happy Earth Day to you, my friend, who celebrates every day as Earth Day.
Shouldn’t we all? Thank you, my friend. 🙂
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
I enjoy your photos and the information you share, which gives us a deeper understanding of the birds we enjoy seeing.
Thank you very much, Martha. 🙂
Wonderful post about these beautifully blue birds! Isn’t it amazing to think that the summer after hatching a bluebird can become a parent? Come to think of it, I wonder how common that actually is in the bird world.
Actually, stays with the parents to help them with the next brood ( the parent’s). Thank you Carol. 🙂