The Beloved, Brilliant American Bluebird

The North American bluebird has made a comeback that’s as remarkable as its striking hue. Learn more about bluebirds and how you can support these true blue beauties.

bluebird feathers
Scientifically speaking, bluebirds aren’t really blue. The bluebird’s blue is called a “structural color,” caused when light is scattered and reflected by tiny structures within each feather’s myriad microscopic barbules. If you were to grind a bluebird feather to a powder, its color would be ashen gray.