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New Feathered Dinosaur Had Four Wings but Couldn't Fly
In a surprise for paleontologists, the well-preserved fossil suggests that the animal spent its life scampering around on the forest floor.
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This New Parrot Species Sounds Like a Hawk
A new study says the bright, noisy bird have escaped notice in Mexico's Yucatán forests—but parrot experts are sceptical.
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In a First, Bird Uses Tools to Make Sweet Music
The palm cockatoo is the only species aside from humans that can drum a rhythmic beat with its own homemade objects, a new study says.
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The Surprising Link Between Egg Shape and Bird Flight
For the first time, scientists have taken a closer look at how bird eggs are shaped—and made some unexpected discoveries.
Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilised in Amber loading...
Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilised in Amber
The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind.
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Ravens Hold Grudges Against Cheaters
The canny corvids remember people who give them unfair deals, scientists have discovered.
About Blue Jay

Blue jays are natural forest dwellers, but they are also highly adaptable and intelligent birds. They are a familiar and noisy presence around many North American bird feeders. The blue jay's "Jay! Jay!" call is only one of a wide variety of sounds the bird employs—including excellent imitations of several hawk calls.

Blue jays are sometimes known to eat eggs or nestlings, and it is this practice that has tarnished their reputation. In fact, they are largely vegetarian birds. Most of their diet is composed of acorns, nuts, and seeds—though they also eat small creatures such as caterpillars, grasshoppers, and beetles. Blue jays sometimes store acorns in the ground and may fail to retrieve them, thus aiding the spread of forests.

 

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Omnivore

Size: 10 to 12 in (25 to 30 cm); Wingspan, 13 to 17 in (34 to 43 cm)

Weight: 2.5 to 3.5 oz (70 to 100 g)

Group name: Flock

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