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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

I feel as if I am still being constantly reminded of the many Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) around with acorns crunching under my feet and calls of busy birds screeching out of yards, parks, and woodlands. They can look so vibrantly blue on sunny days, but that color is caused by sunlight being scattered by specialized cells in their feather barbs. Yep, the Blue Jay has no blue pigment!

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator