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Another Blue Jay in my backyard in northeast Iowa. I think they’re absolutely beautiful birds and I’m enjoying their visits to my bird feeders!! Image taken with my Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
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Blue Jay

This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

Size & Shape
Large crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.

Color Pattern
White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above.

Behavior
Blue Jays make a large variety of calls that carry long distances. Most calls produced while the jay is perched within a tree. Usually flies across open areas silently, especially during migration. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds a seed or nut in feet and pecks it open.

Habitat
Blue Jays are birds of forest edges. A favorite food is acorns, and they are often found near oaks, in forests, woodlots, towns, cities, parks.

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birds, blue jays, jays, blue

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Comments

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 2 years ago

    Awww…little sweetie…great shot :o)

  • Thank you, Dawn!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 2 years ago

    Never seen one like this – so white and light blue. Ours in NJ are very big and dark. This is gorgeous – what a fantastic capture! Love it! Happy bird hunting (with the camera!!) jane

  • Thank you so much, Jane!! I think he’s a young jay that’s why his coloring is a little paler than most!! We had two baby jays born this past summer in the City Park behind our home!!

    – lorilee

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 2 years ago

    lovely capture:)

  • Thanks, Robin!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Anil Nene
    Anil Neneover 2 years ago

    COOL !!

  • Thank you very much!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • polly470
    polly470over 2 years ago

    So, so beautiful!
    P
    xx

  • Thank you so much, Polly!!

    – lorilee

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Thank you, Chris!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Lorilee ~

  • Thanks, Renee!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Nice winter capture Lori

  • Thank you so much, Larry!!

    – lorilee

  • Alyce Taylor
    Alyce Taylorover 2 years ago

    Wow…I want to come visit…I miss these guys :)

  • You would be most welcome!! Thank you, Alyce!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • OpalFire
    OpalFireover 2 years ago

    Aww! Another gorgeous shot! :o)

  • Thanks so much!!! You’re very kind!! :-)

    – lorilee

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