Blue Jay

Some facts from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/

The black bridle across the face, nape, and throat varies extensively and may help Blue Jays recognize one another.
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Blue Jays lower their crests when they are feeding peacefully with family and flock members or tending to nestlings.
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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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