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Mauri Wade

Ridge, MD, USA

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This poor guy came around in September of 2018…..First time for me seeing this on a Jay

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Species: Blue Jay

Bald Head BluJay 2018

Bald head Blu-jay

2 replies on “Bald head BluJay 2018”

Danielle M says:

I’m not an expert and new to birding, but from what I’ve been reading they go bald when they molt all their feathers at once.
I had a female cardinal who showed up this winter and I had no idea if it was a male or female because she had almost no feathers.

Ava Johnson says:

Danielle is right. Usually this is normal in Blue Jays and Cardinals. It could be caused by mites but most of the time it’s just molting and the feathers will return soon.

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