This is a pretty common songbird around all year familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage. The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs. They have a bold white wingbar. The black bridle across the face, nape, and throat varies extensively and may help Blue Jays recognize one another. These birds are usually detected first by their noisy calls.
Blue Jays often come to feeders where they eat many types of seeds, especially sunflower. They also seem to like peanuts and suet.
Blue Jays are said to prefer feeders or hopper feeders on a post rather than hanging feeders, however the ones around my house seem perfectly happy with my hanging feeders.
When I saw this bald Blue Jay in early September I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing.
Apparently Blue Jays go through one complete molt a year in late summer. Blue Jays often experience a complete molt of their head and maybe even their neck feathers. Nothing is wrong with the bird and the feathers will grow back.
But for a period of time until they feathers return, they do look rather odd.