This week's featured bird is far more colorful than its more familiar eastern cousin - the western bluebird has a richer blue coloration and more extensive blue in its plumage, and its chestnut breast and flanks can also be brighter. It does have a much smaller range and is generally less social than other bluebirds, however, making it often harder to find.
Is the western bluebird on your life list? Share your sightings in the comments!
Photo © Kevin Cole