They have a pronounced crest on the head, a crown of feathers, which may be raised or lowered according to the bird’s mood. When excited or aggressive, the crest will be fully raised. When frightened, the crest bristles outwards, brushlike. When the bird is feeding among other jays or resting, the crest is flattened on the head.
Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white and the neck is collared with black which extends to the sides of the head.
Large flocks typical of this species can be beneficial to agriculture by controlling invertebrate pests; however, starlings can also be pests themselves when they feed on fruit and sprouting crops. Common starlings may also be a nuisance through the noise and mess caused by their large urban roosts. Introduced populations in particular have been subjected to a range of controls, including culling, but these have had limited success.
The Jay’s crest is full up when I can afford to put peanuts out for um 😉
Thanks, Washe. 🙂
Both are lovely birds!!
Thank you so much, Indira. 🙂
I love Blue Jays – I see them almost everyday! Great photos of both birds.
Thank you very much, NJUF. 🙂
Always love your beautiful Blue Jay HJ. Great shots my friend 😊
Thanks a lot, Ashley. 🙂
Interesting combo. They are both quite handsome bird.
They are! Thanks, Jane. 🙂
Pity that a bird as beautiful as the starling is considered a pest, and all again through humans introducing them to places nature didn’t intend.
It happens very often among humans to discredit the importance of certain birds such as the variety of vultures. They have no idea, the degree of importance that those creatures serve to Ecology. Thanks, D. I’m sure you know this perfectly. 🙂
You take the best shots of European Starlings, HJ! 🙂
Thanks a lot, Donna. 🙂