August 18, 2017
Immature Blue Jay Begs for More Seed Cylinder
Sometimes even big birds beg! While this Blue Jay doesn't quite look like a young bird at first glance, some subtle plumage characteristics and behavioral cues tell us that it is, in fact, a juvenile. Notice it has less defined markings on its head and less barring on its upper wings than an adult, and it also displays a wing-begging posture when soliciting its parent for food. More study is needed on post-fledging parental care in Blue Jays, but adults will continue to feed their offspring for 1–2 months after they've left the nest!