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Take an in-depth look at jays, a very diverse group of birds.
• Like bluebirds, Blue Jays have no blue pigments in their feathers. Instead, each feather barb has a thin layer of cells that absorb all wavelengths of color except blue. Only the blue wavelength is reflected and scattered, resulting in their blue appearance to our eyes.
• It is estimated that only about 20% of the population of Blue Jays migrate, even in the northern parts of its range.
• Most migratory flights by Blue Jays begin about an hour after sunrise and cease by noon. The average migrating flock contains 10-30 birds.
• The rapid northward dispersal of oaks after the Ice Age may have resulted from the northern transport of acorns by jays.
• Due to jays' habit of burying acorns over a wide area, 11 species of oak trees have become dependent on jays for the dispersal of their acorns.
• An old folktale says that the Blue Jay was yoked to a plow by a sparrow and the mark it left behind is still visible today on the Blue Jay’s neck and chest.
• The Gray Jay stores food items by using its sticky saliva to glue them to branches high up in trees.
• Mated pairs of Gray Jays live most of their lives in a territory of less than 200 acres in size and rarely leave it.
• The Gray Jay is one of the few species, other than raptors, known to carry food items with its feet while in flight.
• Blue Jays and Steller’s Jays occasionally interbreed and produce hybrids.
• The Western Scrub-Jay and Mule Deer have a very cooperative relationship. The deer allow the jays to land on their bodies in search of parasites on which to feed.
• Unlike other jays, the Pinyon Jay has no feathers at the base of its bill. This allows it to search deep into pine cones for seeds without soiling its feathers with sticky pine sap.
• Pinyon Jays live in permanent social groups that may contain over 500 individuals.
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