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Passerina caerulea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Blue Grosbeak
Family: Cardinalidae
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© Val George  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #122367)

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Distribution of Passerina caerulea in British Columbia
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This species is a widespread breeder throughout much of the southern and eastern United States, and regularly wanders north into eastern Canada, but is exceedingly rare in B.C. and elsewhere in western Canada. Both provincial records are from the southeastern portion of the province during the breeding season, suggesting that this species may be more likely to occur in the southern interior than along the coast (where there are currently no records).

1.(1) adult male; May 22, 1982; Goat River, Creston Valley
2.(1) adult female; July 2, 1991; near Downie Creek, north of Revelstoke

Note Authors: Rick Toochin and Jamie Fenneman

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-15 8:04:37 PM]
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