The blue jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. It typically gleans food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though it sometimes hawks insects from the air. Blue Jays can be very aggressive towards other birds; they sometimes raid nests and have even been observed decapitating other birds. Like squirrels, blue jays are known to hide nuts for later consumption.
House Finch (M)
House Finch (M)
During courtship, the male will touch bills with the female. He may then present the female with choice bits of food, and if she mimics the behavior of a hungry chick, he may actually feed her. The male also feeds the female during breeding and incubation of the eggs, and raising of the young, and the male is the primary feeder of the fledgelings (who can be differentiated from the females by the pin feathers remaining on their heads). Females are typically attracted to the males with the deepest pigment of red to their head, more so than the occasional orange or yellowish-headed males that sometimes occur.
The Blue Jay is a beautiful bird but it appears to have aggressive behaviour similar to many of our birds.
It’s a medium size bird, very shy and not very social. But is a beautiful bird, regardless. Thank you, Ashley. 🙂
I love those colours, so bright.
Thanks so much, Susan. 🙂
I love both of these shots, HJ! The Blue Jay’s curiosity look and the vibrance of the House Finch. ❤
Thank you very much, Donna. 🙂
I love the colours in both birds. Interesting information on their behaviour too, HJ!
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
A lovely picture of the jay HJ.
Thank you, Tom. 🙂