Blue Jay (Pin Feather)

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East to recognize crested noisy bird frequents back yards throughout most of the US east of the Rockies. This member of the crow family has gained a reputation for robbing the nests of other songbirds eating their eggs and young. Although Blue Jays do this occasionally they primarily feed on acorns, berries and nuts.

The striking blue color in the blue jay’s feathers is mostly the result of light refraction not actual blue pigmentation. The same phenomena that give some water fowl, like the wood duck, a bright glowing metallic shimmer.

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