Despite Thousands in Captivity, This Rare Songbird Is Going Extinct loading...
Despite Thousands in Captivity, This Rare Songbird Is Going Extinct
Long coveted for songbird competitions in Indonesia, black-winged mynahs have almost disappeared from the wild.
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This Famous Dinosaur Could Fly, But Unlike Anything Alive Today
The animal's wings resemble those of pheasants, but it couldn't flap quite like today's birds.
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Rare Baby Bird Fossil Found In Dino Era Rock
The 127-million-year-old hatchling could provide insight into avian evolution.
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Oil And Gas Drilling Is Causing Birds To Have Fewer Chicks
A new study is the first in any animal to link noise pollution to stress and show that this connection can disrupt reproduction.
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Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks
Australia's indigenous peoples have long observed "firehawks" spreading wildfires throughout the country's tropical landscapes.
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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.
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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