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bluebird, common name for a North American migratory bird of the family Turdidae (thrush family). The eastern bluebird, Sialia sialis, is among the first spring arrivals in the North. It is about 7 in. (17.8 cm) long. The plumage of the male appears vivid blue in bright light and black at a distance; the breast is cinnamon-red, the under parts white. The female's coloring is duller. The bluebird usually nests in orchards or on the edges of woodlands but will also use nesting boxes. As a destroyer of insects it is of great value; it also eats wild fruits. Related birds are the mountain, the western (genus Sialia) or chestnut-backed, and the Florida bluebirds. Bluebirds have a cheerful call and a sweet, warbling song. They raise several broods during a single mating season. The female is responsible for the incubation duties. Bluebirds are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Turdidae.

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blue·bird / ˈbloōˌbərd/ • n. an American songbird (genus Sialia) of the thrush family, the male of which has a blue head, back, and wings.

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Bluebird name of a series of boats and cars in which Malcolm Campbell (1885–1948) and his son Donald Campbell (1921–67) broke world land and water speed records. The last Bluebird, in which Donald Campbell had been killed over 30 years earlier attempting to break his own water speed record, was raised from Coniston Water on 8 March 2001.

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bluebird North American songbird with blue plumage, a member of the thrush subfamily. There are three species. Typically, a bluebird lays its eggs (usually four to six) in a grass-and-weed-lined nest in a hole in a tree or fence post. Length: 7in (17.8cm). genus Sialia.