A paper published in 2013, based on research part-funded by Bermuda Audubon Society, suggests that our local population of bluebirds (which are sufficiently different in colour from mainland birds to be considered a distinct sub-species) likely resulted from a single colonization event that occurred in the 1600s.

Research was carried out in Bermuda from 2007 to 2009 by Julian Avery of Rutgers University in New Jersey, following a request for proposals put out by Bermuda Audubon Society and the Department of Conservation Services. The proposal, by Julie Lockwood and Julian Avery, was to study the demography, provenance and genetic divergence of the local population of bluebirds from those on the North American mainland.

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