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What are some facts about the eastern bluebird?

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The eastern bluebird is small bird native to North and Central America, and is noted for the male's deep blue head, back, wings, tail and rusty red and white-streaked breast. The female also has blue and red coloration with some white, but her colors are duller. Juveniles are more gray.

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Adult eastern bluebirds are about 7 inches long and weigh between 0.85 and 1 ounce. They can live about 10 years but often die before they're a year old. Property owners who provide nest boxes for these birds have contributed greatly to the survival of the species.

There are eight subspecies of eastern bluebird, and they can be found in a variety of habitats, including woods, orchards, farms and gardens. They eat insects and fruit and need nest holes to raise their young. The bird usually has two broods every year, one in the spring and another in the summer. The female builds the nest and incubates the eggs. Both parents feed the young, who are ready to leave the nest between two and three weeks after birth. Sometimes, the juveniles from the earlier brood will help with the next one. Eastern bluebirds are ready to reproduce when they're about a year old.

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