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Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata


Blue Jays spotted in my front yard as I was giving the squirrels their supper. The jays will beg for nuts and if given the opportunity will "steal" them from the squirrels. They feed at the bird feeder, but apparently like the squirrels' peanuts better.


Suburban: Key Largo, Florida. 25.09, -80.45


The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the Blue Jay are recognized. The Blue Jay measures 22–30 cm (9–12 in) from bill to tail and weighs 70–100 g (2.5–3.5 oz), with a wingspan of 34–43 cm (13–17 in). 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. 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, but the male is a little larger. As with most other blue-hued birds, the Blue Jay's coloration is not derived from pigments but is the result of light interference due to the internal structure of the feathers; if a blue feather is crushed, the blue disappears as the structure is destroyed. This is referred to as structural coloration. (credit: Wikipedia)

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JackEng 9 years ago

Thank you... I'm glad you enjoyed the images.

TaiRobinson 9 years ago

Beautiful picture (:

JackEng 10 years ago

Thank you!

FelixO 10 years ago

Great photos!

JackEng 10 years ago

Thank you!
mcaul6515 wanted to see a Blue Jay so I tried to accommodate...

KarenL 10 years ago

Very nice series!

JackEng 10 years ago

I watched the race live on TV... I'm a fan of F1...
Mark Webber was nursing an ailing car at the end of the race and his engine blew up on the final lap. Tough break for a good racer who is retiring at the end of the season.

mcaul6515 10 years ago

I know this is completely off topic to Blue Jays, but why did Webber not finish?

mcaul6515 10 years ago

Cool, did you watch it on TV, or did you go to Singapore? If you did you might like to go to some of a Nature Reserves :)

JackEng 10 years ago

Suzanne Monk: Sassy, sassy, sassy ...

You are correct, they're big, bold and sassy... not to mention raucous too!

JackEng 10 years ago

Maria dB,
Thank you... glad you enjoyed the shots...
Squirrels + Peanuts = Blue Jays!

JackEng 10 years ago

You're very welcome...
I'm glad you enjoyed the post - and that the Blue Jays cooperated.
btw, I just watched the Singapore Grand Prix... what a beautiful city and great venue. Too bad about Mark Webber's non-finish - so close...

mcaul6515 10 years ago

Oh thanks, Jack!! Awesome! :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Nice series; especially like the shot with the squirrel!

suzmonk 10 years ago

Sassy, sassy, sassy ...

JackEng 10 years ago

Thanks much... glad you enjoyed the post...

staccyh 10 years ago

Beautiful bird, great photos and some nice info :)

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 21, 2013
Submitted on Sep 22, 2013

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