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Texas Bird Family
Katy, TX, USA
I had 10 (exact count) Blue Jays at the feeder. 9 juveniles and 1 male. This juvenile was notably darker and lacked wing markings. A hybrid would be REALLY hard since I’m in Texas but this doesn’t look like a pure Blue Jay. Any ideas? https://ebird.org/checklist/S146972932
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Juvenile Blue Jay x Steller's Jay?
Steller’s x Blue Jay (hybrid):
It does look like a hybrid, I’ve never seen a jay like this before.
An unusual summer flock of blue jays came today. There was a few juveniles that looked almost like this one. I will try to photograph and post it. We do not have any Steller’s Jays here either (western species).
In your post, that is a molting adult, not a juvenile.
Also note the dark under the tail, dark gray head and belly, and lack of wing bars. Note: This is not a lighting issue, I never alter my photos or edit accept for very rarely cropping very distant shots.
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