Common Name: Mountain Bluebird
Scientific Name: Sialia currucoides
Year Adopted as State Bird: 1931
Range in State: Statewide in mountain meadows and open areas near forest edges, summers only
Shared With Other States: Nevada
Favored as the state bird by both women's groups and schoolchildren, the mountain bluebird nonetheless faced stiff competition for its election from the western tanager, which was first discovered in Idaho during the Lewis and Clark expedition. Despite an intense campaign to raise awareness about the western tanager, however, the mountain bluebird was eventually selected because of its greater familiarity, which makes it an appropriate symbol for the entire state.
Photo – Mountain Bluebird © Nick Saunders