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The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird and member of the crow family Corvidae native to North America. It is adaptable, aggressive and omnivorous.

The Blue Jay measures about 30 cm from bill to tail and weighs 70–100 g (2.47-3.53 ounces), with a wingspan of 34–43 cm (13–17 in). Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white and the neck is collared with black which extends to the sides of the head. The wing primaries and tail are strongly barred with black, sky-blue and white. The bill, legs, and eyes are all black. Males and females are nearly identical; males are slightly larger. There is a pronounced crest on the head, a crown of feathers, which may be raised or lowered according to the bird’s mood. When excited or aggressive, the crest may be fully raised. When frightened, the crest bristles outwards, brushlike. When the bird is feeding among other jays or resting, the crest is flattened to the head.

As with other blue-hued birds, the Blue Jay’s coloration is not derived by pigments, but is the result of light refraction due to the internal structure of the feathers; if a Blue birdfeather is crushed, the blue disappears as the structure is destroyed. This is referred to as structural coloration.

Blue jays can be aggressive towards other birds, and are known to approach humans confidently. (info from Wikipedia)

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  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful bird. Good Job

  • Elaine Green
    Elaine Greenalmost 5 years ago

    Your work just gets more & more inspiring as do you. Stay strong through your art Barb this Blue jay is perfect.

  • Mariann Rea
    Mariann Reaalmost 5 years ago

    That’s beautiful! :)

  • katymckay
    katymckayalmost 5 years ago

    So beautifully painted Barb…wonderful colours..so nice to be able to read all about the bird too..!!!!! wonderful !!so are you !!! Cathy X

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 5 years ago

    The detail is amazing Barb, hope you’re doing OK. Been thinking about you.

  • ANNETTE HAGGER
    ANNETTE HAGGERalmost 5 years ago

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhialmost 5 years ago

    awesome

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaalmost 5 years ago

    absolutely lovely!! Blue Jay is one of my fav bird err.. breed? species? i love it anyway!! So happy to see you ok!! am so glad! Biiiig HUGS!!! X)

  • It’s a good thing you didn’t catch me yesterday.. now they’re looking at my liver for problems.. will it never end??
    But thanks for the great comment.. I always appreciate hearing from you.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaalmost 5 years ago

    aww man!! =( what happened? hope it’s nothing too big.. take care!! hugssss… X)

  • Still don’t know what’s going on.. but thanks for thinking of me

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Super painting, all of it.

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