Missouri State Bird - Eastern Bluebird



(Sialia sialis)
Adopted on March 30, 1927.

On March 30, 1927, the native bluebird became the official state bird of Missouri. The bluebird, considered a symbol of happiness, is usually 6 1/2 to 7 inches long. While its upper parts are covered with light blue plumage, its breast is cinnamon red, turning rust-colored in the fall. The bluebird is common in Missouri from early spring until late November.

Official state bird. 10.010. The native "bluebird" (Sialia Sialis) is selected for and shall be known as the official bird of the state of Missouri.
    (RSMo 1939 § 15439, RSMo 1949 § 10.070, A.L. 1957 p. 726)
  • Length: 6 inches
  • Thin bill
  • Most often seen in open habitats
Adult male
  • Bright blue plumage; brightest on upperparts
  • Lacks any brown coloration
  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • Remainder of plumage gray
  • Eye ring
  • Blue wings and tail-duller than male
  • White eye ring
  • Spotted underparts
Kingdom Animalia -- animals
   Phylum Chordata -- chordates
      Subphylum Vertebrata -- vertebrates
         Class Aves -- birds
            Order Passeriformes -- perching birds
               Family Muscicapidae -- old world flycatchers
                  Genus Sialia Swainson, 1827 -- bluebirds
                     Species Sialia currucoides (Bechstein, 1798) -- Azulejo pálido, mountain bluebird