In­ter­est­ing blue jay facts:

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They are monog­a­mous pairs that bond for life.

They are the pro­vin­cial bird for Prince Edward Is­land.

The old­est known blue jay was a cap­tive bird that lived 26 years. The com­mon wild age is seven years, but one was recorded to have lived over 17 years through leg­band­ing records.

Their feath­ers are not ac­tu­ally blue! The unique struc­ture of their feath­ers re­flect light and ap­pear blue. If you were to crush a feather and da­m­age that struc­ture, the blue colour would dis­ap­pear to brown.

Their love of acorns has earned them the credit of help­ing to plant oak trees af­ter the last glacial pe­riod.

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