Blue Jay (1 of 1)

Blue Jay facts:

  • A large crested songbird, the Blue Jay is larger than a robin but smaller than a crow.  It is quite familiar to most people in the U.S., especially in the central and eastern portions of the country.
  • Blue Jays have a large variety of calls that carry long distances, including raucous jeers, gurgling sounds, clicks, clucks, whirring sounds and clear whistled notes. They also can mimic the cry of a hawk.
  • 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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