20 FASCINATING BIRDS WITH BLUE COLOR

The blue color is found in many bird species, each of these has a unique coloring pattern in their feathers that also includes blue. Some birds are completely blue while other birds contain a few blue feathers. Below is the list of beautiful birds that have blue color in their plumage/feathers.

1. Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird is also known as the Sialia sialis, is one of the most beautiful blue colored birds that are native to the North American region. This bird lives in the woods, marshes, and fields, but is also seen in the orchards and gardens in several areas. The upper part of the plumage of the eastern bluebird is blue, which fades into white and brown colors.

The male Eastern Bluebirds have more colorful plumage as compared to the females. Females have duller and paler colors while males have more bright colors. That makes it easy to spot and identify the male and female Eastern Bluebirds. The wings, head, neck, and back of the bird are blue, while the belly is white and the feathers below the wings are brown.

2. Mountain Bluebird

The Mountain Bluebird is also known as the Sialia currucoides, is a small-sized migratory thrush bird, native to North America. This bird has a beautiful blue colored plumage. Apart from the blue its plumage also has white color as well. The head, neck, back, and wings of the mountain bluebirds are blue, this blue slowly fades into the white color towards the belly. Apart from that, the whole bird is blue.

Male and female have almost equal size but they have different colors, females have more shades of blue in their plumage. But these colors in the female mountain bluebird’s plumage are duller as compared to the males. Females also have dull green, and a grey-blue mixture of feather colors in their plumage, while the males only have blue and white.

3. Indigo Bunting

The Indigo Bunting is a small size passerine seed-eating bird also known as the “Passerina cyanea” native to North American woodlands, farmlands, and marshes. This bird has a completely blue-colored appearance. Only a few wings feathers, eyes, and a few feathers in their tail have black color, apart from that the whole bird is blue colored. The head of the indigo bunting is indigo colored.

The male and female have similar sizes, and weights but the colors are different. Male and female look very different from one another, as the females have brownish, black colored appearance instead of the iconic blue appearance of the indigo bunting. Young indigo bunting birds have multiple colors in their plumage including, blue, indigo, black, green, and brown.

4. Western Bluebird

The Western Bluebird which is also known as the Sialia Mexicana is a small size bird from the North American thrush family. The plumage of the western blue has blue, brown, and black colors in it. The head, wings, and back of the bird have a blue color that fades into brown towards the wings, and into white towards the belly. A few feathers in the wings also have black and brown color as well.

The male and female are slightly different from one another in terms of weight, size, and wingspan. They are also different from one another in terms of plumage colors. The males have brighter color combinations while the females have duller colors in their plumage. Young western bluebirds also have duller colors in their plumage in the start and look similar to the female.

5. Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw bird which is also known as the Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, and hyacinth macaw, is a bird from the parrot’s family native to Central and South America. The population of the Hyacinth Macaw birds is decreasing and that is why they have been named as a vulnerable species. This parrot has blue colored plumage, with a few yellow feathers and a yellow ring around their black eyes.

Some birds of this species also have blackish-blue colored plumage. The female and male almost look identical and that is why it is hard to differentiate them based on their physical appearance. The hyacinth Macaw has young’s that are also similar to the adults. Due to their beautiful appearance, they are captured and sold as a pet bird. This has resulted in their population decrease.

6. California Scrub-Jay

The California Scrub-Jay bird, which is also known as the Aphelocoma californica, is a small size bird from the Corvidae family, native to North America. This beautiful bird also has blue color in its plumage. Apart from the blue, it also has white, black, brown, and grey color in its plumage. The blue color is seen in the head, back of the neck, wings, and tail feathers.

While the white color can be seen in the belly and in-ring formation around the neck, the outer side of this ring is black, with a few wing feathers and most of the tail feathers are also black. Females are different from males in terms of colors, weight, and size. The female California Scrub-Jay birds are smaller, paler, and have less weight as compared to the males. This clear difference makes it easy to identify these birds separately.

7. Blue Grosbeak

The Blue Grosbeak bird, which is also known as the Passerina caerulea, is a medium size bird from the North American passerine bird’s family Cardinalidae. This bird also has a beautiful blue, brown, black, and white-colored plumage. The blue color is more prominent as it can be seen on the back of the bird, also in the wings, and in the head and neck ring. The brown and black colors are distributed unevenly throughout the plumage, including the wings, and tail of the bird.

The female’s Blue Grosbeak has brownish colored plumage instead of blue. That is why females look different from males. Females have black color in their tails, and wings as well. The belly area of both male and female blue grosbeak is whitish.

8. Mexican Jay

Mexican Jaybird which is also known as the Aphelocoma wollweberi, is a medium-sized bird from North and Central America. It is a member of the New World Jay family of birds. This bird has a very beautiful blue, white and grey colored plumage. Sometimes it is also known as the gray-breasted jay as well. The upper parts of the plumage, head, wings, back, and tail of the Mexican jaybird are blue, while the breasts are grayish and the belly area is white-colored.

The females look very different from the male in terms of plumage color, body size, and wingspan. The females are paler, duller, and shorter as compared to the male Mexican Jaybirds. They live in most of the woodlands, and farmlands between North America and Central America.

9. Steller’s Jay

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Steller’s Jay is a small size bird from the Jay family which is also known as the Cyanocitta stelleri. This bird is native to North American farmlands, marshlands, and woodlands. The Steller’s Jaybird has a beautiful multi-colored plumage and the blue color is the most prominent color in it. They have a beautiful blackish-blue colored crest above their heads. This blackish-blue color starts to fade into a real blue color.

The wings and tail of the bird are also blue. The underpart, belly area of the steller’s jay is also bluish. The female Steller’s Jay birds are different from the males, as they have a lighter body and a paler and duller plumage. The young Stellar’s Jaybirds are similar to the females in their early days, but as they age, they start to pick the colors according to their sexes.

10. Blue Jay

The Blue Jay is one of the small-sized passerine birds from the Corvidae family, it is also known as the Cyanocitta cristata. This bird is also native to North America, where it lives mostly in the colder regions. It has a beautiful blue, black, and white-gray colored plumage that covers its entire body. The blue color can be seen on the chest, back, wings, and in the tail of the bird as well. It has a black colored ring around its neck, it also has black and white lines in its wings and tail as well.

It has a gray-white colored belly. The male and female are different from one another. The female blue jay has a paler plumage and duller colors. Females also have a shorter body and wingspan. They also weigh less. The younger blue jay birds look similar to the females.

11. Lazuli Bunting

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Lazuli Bunting bird, which is also known as the Passerina amoena, is a small size passerine bird. These birds are named after a beautiful blue colored stone. Lazuli Bunting bird is native to North America but is also seen in the Southern and Central American regions as well. The beautiful plumage of the Lazuli Bunting has blue, black, white, and brownish colors in it. The male Lazuli Bunting has a blue head, blackish-blue back, and blue color that goes towards the tail as well.

The tail is blackish, while the belly is white and the underparts of the wings are brownish. The females on the other hand are mostly brownish, black, and have a white-colored belly. This distinct appearance of the male and female makes it easier to identify their sexes. The young are also paler and brownish at their early age.

12. Painted Bunting

The Painted Bunting bird, which is also known as the Passerina ciris, is a small size passerine bird from the Cardinals family. This bird is also native to North American, woodlands, and farmlands. This bird has a beautiful multi-colored plumage. It has a beautiful blue colored head, olive-green back, blackish-brown wings, and a black tail. The belly and the breasts of the painted buntings are reddish.

The female painted buntings have a slightly shorter body length and wingspan, they also weigh less as compared to the males. The color of the female painted buntings is also slightly different as they are duller, and paler, while the male has brighter colors. The young painted buntings are also similar to the female painted buntings.

13. Black-throated Blue Warbler

The Black-throated Blue Warbler is a small size bird from the New World Warbler’s family, which is also known as the Setophaga caerulescens. This bird is native to North America. The Black-throated Blue Warbler, as the name suggests has a black colored throat. It has a multi-colored plumage that includes black, white, and blue colors. The back, head, and wings of this bird are blue, the edges of the wings and tail are blackish with a few small white spots.

The belly of the Black-throated Blue Warblers is white. The females are mostly shorter and have a shorter wingspan. The color of the female plumage is also different, the females look paler and duller while the males have brighter colors in their plumage. 

14. Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher bird, which is also known as the Megaceryle alcyon, is a large size kingfisher bird from North America. It has a mild blue colored plumage, that surrounds its entire body. Apart from the mild blue, its plumage also has brown, white, and black shades as well. The back, wings, and tail of the belted kingfisher bird are mild blue, while the wings have some black and white feathers. The belly is white while the underparts and breasts are brownish.

The Belted Kingfisher has a beautiful crest mounted over its head. The females are slightly shorter, have less weight, and have a duller plumage as compared to the males. The young belted kingfishers also have similar plumage to the female as well. They like to live near the water bodies as they hunt and eat fishes.

15. Eurasian Blue Tit

The Eurasian Blue Tit bird, which is also known as the Cyanistes caeruleus, is a small size passerine bird from the tit family. This bird is native farmland and woodlands in the North American region. The Eurasian Blue Tit has a beautiful plumage that comprises black, white, blue, and gray colors. The blue color is spread all over its head and back, including the wings and tail. The olive-gray feathers also disrupt the blue color spread and make it look even more beautiful.

The belly and the breasts of the Eurasian Blue Tit are white, while a few feathers around the neck and in the wings are also black. The females are slightly duller while the males have brighter colors and a larger size. These birds live near the human neighborhoods as it provides them better access to food and water.

16. Purple Martin

Purple Martin bird, which is also known as the Progne subis, is one of the largest swallow birds that live in North America. This bird has a purple-blue plumage that covers its entire body. This bird mostly appears as a blackbird but it is different as its plumage is bluish-purple and depicts black. It has beautiful blue, black patterns all over its back and near its breasts and belly.

The females do not have bright purple color but have a slightly duller, blue, and brown shade. The belly of the females is also gray-brown instead of purple. These birds eat a lot of insects, but they also visit the bird feeders to get some food as well.

17. Tree Swallow

The Tree Swallow bird, which is also known as the Tachycineta bicolor, is a beautiful small blue, black, and white-colored bird from North America. The beautiful appearance of the Tree Swallow makes it one of the most attractive birds on this list. It has a beautiful blue colored back; the blue color slowly fades into the black color towards the wings.

The belly and the breasts of the Tree swallow are white. The male Tree Swallows have a very bright color, while the females and young tree swallows have a duller color. The females also have shorter wingspan and lesser body size and weight.

18. Red-flanked Bluetail

The Red-flanked Bluetail bird, which is also known as the Tarsiger cyanurus, or orange-flanked bush-robin, is a small size bird from the Muscicapidae family. This bird has a reddish or orangish flank, while its tail is blue. Its plumage contains multiple colors including, black, orange/red, brown, and gray-white.

The colors in its plumage are duller, in females and brighter in males. Males have a bright blue back, head, wings, and also the tail. The black, white, and gray colors are unevenly spread throughout the plumage. The belly is gray-white, while the ending edges of the wings have black color.

19. Blue Waxbill

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The Blue Waxbill bird, which is also known as the Uraeginthus angolensis, is a small size bird from the Estrildidae family. This bird is native to the southern regions of North America. The blue waxbills have a beautiful brown colored back, while the underparts and breasts are blue. Their belly is also brown. They also have blue color in the feathers of their tail as well.

The male and female have the same appearance, except the females are slightly shorter and have less weight. The males get a darker brown shade, while the females get a slightly less dark brown color. These birds live in the grass seeds and insects.

20. Blue-headed Pionus

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The Blue-headed Pionus bird, which is also known as the Pionus menstruus, or blue-headed parrot. This bird belongs to the North American parrot bird family. This parrot bird has beautiful green, blue, red, and black colors in its plumage. The blue color is seen around the head, neck, and breasts.

The green color covers its wings, back, and its belly. There are black and red markings in the wings and tail feathers.  The females are also similar to the male. These birds are also captured and trained as pets.


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