There's no doubt: Watching bluebirds brings happiness, and June is a great month for enjoying them. What's your bluebird IQ? Find out with our quiz!
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Test Your Knowledge of Bluebirds
Happy June! Time For a Bluebird Quiz!

By Dawn Hewitt
Managing Editor | Bird Watcher's Digest

There's no doubt: Watching bluebirds brings happiness, and June is a great month for enjoying them. They can be lured to spacious, open, suburban backyards with carefully placed nest boxes, mealworms, and suet dough. Males are more brightly colorful than their mates, and juveniles have a speckled breast, with blue in the wings and tail. How much do you know about these beautiful birds? Take our quiz below and find out!

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Bluebird Question #1
To what family of birds do bluebirds belong? Hint: American robin is in this family, too.
a) Flycatcher
b) Warbler
c) Thrush
d) Kinglet
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Bluebird Question #2
Which bluebird species is this? Hint: This is the species you'll see along the Pacific Coast.
a) Eastern bluebird
b) Western bluebird
c) Mountain bluebird
d) Rose-breasted bluebird
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Bluebird question #3
Which bluebird species is this? Hint: Its range is from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Coast.
a) Eastern bluebird
b) Western bluebird
c) Mountain bluebird
d) Rose-breasted bluebird
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The American Birding Expo is North America's most extensive gathering of birding-related products, services, companies, destinations, and organizations. That's why we call it "the world of birding in one place!" Whether you're a world-traveling bird chaser, just starting out as a bird watcher, or only interested in the birds in your backyard, the Expo has everything you need! Come connect with the community of birders from North American and beyond!
This Birding Life #80: Erik Bruhnke, The World's Happiest Birdman
This Birding Life Episode #80: Erik Bruhnke, the World’s Happiest Birdman
During his recent trip to Honduras, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviewed Naturalist/Photographer/Birding Guide Erik Bruhnke. Their conversation covers Erik’s start as a birder, his favorite birding spots, his love of lifers and beer, his hatred of mylar balloons, his Zen of Birding philosophy, and his favorite “swear” words. This Birding Life is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, Redstart Birding, and the American Birding Expo.
Out There with the Birds #35
Out There with the Birds Episode #35: From Alaska to Maine and Everything in Between
Ben is back from Alaska and is headed to Maine for birding festivals. The guys chat about their upcoming travels, the advantages of spotting scopes and when to carry them, carbon-fiber tripods, missed birds and bonus birds, and the joy of having kids smarter than they are. They reveal their species totals in the OTWTB Global Big Year Challenge™. Spoiler alert: One of them is WAY ahead. Special thanks to SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Tamron, and Redstart Birding, our podcast sponsors!
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Hummingbirds and Hurricanes
Columnist Julie Zickefoose wonders whether she'll see the impacts of Hurricane Harvey in her hummingbird numbers this year as she did in 2006, the summer after a series of hurricanes slammed the Gulf Coast just as the hummingbirds were migrating.
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Top 10 Things to Watch in Your Backyard This Summer
There's a lot going on behind the foliage and at bird feeders during the summer months: Hummingbird numbers are increasing, fledglings are making their bird feeder debuts, and oh, so much more. Don't overlook the subtleties of nature in your yard.
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