Birders in the eastern half of America welcome this bird as one of their most colorful and recognizable, with its classic blue plumage, contrasted with a little red and white
There are whole communities, newspapers, and events that use this iconic bird as their namesake. BLUE is a color that seems to greatly appeal to us humans, and this little bird’s stocky build and lilting song further increase its appeal.
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The brilliant blue, white, or pink of these flowers are actually 5 to 25 colored sepals rather than petals. They appear to float upon a mist of thread-like bracts above feathery, pinnately divided leaves.