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Rockville, MD, United States
This blue jay seems to have lost all of its tail feathers. It appears otherwise healthy, and seemed to have no trouble flying from the trees in my yard to the ground to get the peanuts I was tossing.
I seem to have lost something...
That’s a lucky blue jay. Having no tail feathers is usually caused by a fright molt, which is when a bird’s tail feathers all fall out at once when a predator grabs it’s tail and the bird is able to get away.
Thank you for this question and answer. I just saw one at my bird feeder. He is lucky indeed!
I have one and asked GOOGLE. This is one of the sites. Thanks🐦
I just saw a lucky blue jay in my back yard but he looked a little thin to me!
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