Blue Jay

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 24 Blue Jay Length 11 3/4 inches The Blue Jay, like the Crow, has few warm friends. There are thousands of bird-lovers, however, whose feelings of toleration and half-hearted admiration might be changed into genuine love and respect if he would only mend certain of it ways. As matters stand, he is a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the bird world. It is only during the nesting season that the Blue Jay's habits are especially objectionable, for at this time he is known to be a thief and a murderer, and his liking for the eggs and nestlings of other birds is only too well substantiated. At other seasons his sprightly ways and independent bearing, together with his handsome coat, have won him a host of friends. A flock of Jays trooping through the autumn woods is enough to excite the admiration of any bird-lover. The Blue Jay is well known as a mimic and ventriloquist. The nest is carefully made of twigs, and is lined with rootlets. It is generally placed in a crotch of a tree. The eggs are from four to six, pale olive-green, speckled with brown. Classification: Order Passeres, Family Corvidae. Scientific name: Cyanocitta cristata. Range: Throughout Nort America east of the Rockies, and from Labrador to Florida

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