Blue Jay

Some facts from

The black bridle across the face, nape, and throat varies extensively and may help Blue Jays recognize one another.

Blue Jays lower their crests when they are feeding peacefully with family and flock members or tending to nestlings.

The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.

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23 Comments on “Blue Jay”

  1. Mother Hen says:

    I really like how you are able to capture the beauty and sweetness of birds..

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    interesting – brown pigment looking SO bright blue. 🙂

  3. I knew about the blue color but all the rest was new info and wonderful to learn. Lovely bird. We only have scrub jays here in oregon

  4. Margaret says:

    The colourful plumage in this bird is amazing

  5. einfachtilda says:

    Wunderschöner Vogel ❤

  6. Interesting to read all these facts…I love trivia like this. And of course the blue jay is a favorite….great photos. Thanks for sharing the link at I’d Rather B Birdin’ this week.

  7. Interesting facts not many knew!…:)JP

  8. Mary says:

    Such a beautiful bird! Love the colors!

  9. Müge says:

    Very interesting information and very beautiful photos. The blue jay is an American bird, I remember how I was amazed when I first saw it in the Central Park, New York.

  10. Robin says:

    Pat, very interesting! I did not know those facts. Great shots too!

  11. Very nice shots. The 1st one has such a narrow look to it’s face. I like that last shot a lot.

  12. Lisa Gordon says:

    Really interesting facts about these handsome birds.
    Your portrait of them are wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing, Pat.

  13. kenschneider says:

    The Blue Jays have been helping me find hawks these past several days. They have a unique brief and urgent call that seems different from their usual racket. I notice they sometime follow me with the sun at their backs, as their shadows fall on mine.

  14. Eileen says:

    Pretty captures of the Blue Jays! They are another one of my favorite yardbirds.. Enjoy your evening.

  15. Marie-AZ says:

    It’s so hard to believe that melanin is brown! 🙂 Those bright blue feathers are like stained glass. You got some really beautiful shots, and I loved the info.

  16. Jim says:

    Very interesting, Pat. Thanks.

  17. Gunilla says:

    I love the last shot! It shows his beautiful colours perfectly.

  18. ladyfi says:

    These shots are stunning!

  19. Dave says:

    Very smart bird and the feather detail in the last shot really shows this.

  20. Beth says:

    interesting shot … so curious. ( :

  21. Handsome shots of a handsome bird! I hope he doesn’t squawk too loudly when he wants more grub, I have a couple that do that to me this time of year…

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