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Patricia Klein

White Sulphur Springs, NY, United States

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We saw this white blue jay in the early summer. He came to the feeder a few times, then left. You can see blue jay markings if you zoom in. He didn’t stay around, although we have lots of blue jays.

Category

Leucistic birds

Species

White Blue Jay

This is the only white blue jay I have ever seen.

26 replies on “white blue jay”

M. Hassell says:

Here in Newport News,Virginia, we had one visit our feeder, the third sunday of April.

Joe says:

First white blue jay we’ve ever seen. Mackinaw City, Mi. 05/25/2018

Lisa says:

This is called Leucism, or leukism. It is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers. You can read more about it here! https://www.thespruce.com/bird-leucism-387342

Ed says:

We saw one at the Virginia Aquarium today. I wonder if the one you saw was captured and brought there recently.

Sandy Friedkin says:

I have been photographing a white blue jay in South East Florida.

Iris says:

Have been going crazy looking up jay photos because we saw one like this near our feeder. Crest and everything, definitely a blue jay, but white! Near Denver, Colorado

Julie says:

We just saw one in Burr Oak Michigan at our feeder – February 2019

Janet says:

We have seen one this winter… spotted him twice in our backyard. We have at least three adult blue jays in our yard that we see nearly every day, but this white guy is a treat!

Femailmailman says:

I feed my “handsome boys” (the blue jays peanuts morning. Yes, I know some of them are ladies. I call out “where are my handsome boys?” And they are swooping to the lawn as I toss the peanuts.

There are a solid mob of around 20 that wait for me. I have been doing this for 5-6 years….Yet I have never seen a white one yet! Fantastic sighting!

Barbara Willyard says:

We have a white blue jay with just the blue head. the rest of the bird is white in Lake Orion, MI

Helen Tam-Semmens says:

Saw one just now by our bird feeder in southwestern NH. First time I’ve ever seen one.

Jo Ann Appleby says:

My husband and I just happened to be looking out the window and saw this beautiful white blue Jay land in our apple tree. We normally feed the birds but had never seen this bird before. What a blessing here in Woodstock Maine.

K. Beal says:

Just saw one in our backyard today. 5:28/19 in East Texas. Very cool.

L. Marx says:

Saw one this morning in Akron, Ohio. Very surprised! Couldn’t quite believe my eyes.

Dana says:

I just saw one like this at my feeder this morning. I have a pair of Blue Jays that come every day, but this one was very special. Is it possible this may be a young female and the blue plumage is not yet developed? It seems odd that we have all seen the same genetic mutation all over the country. The crest and other markings were visible.

Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hi Dana, These are not juvenile females. Blue Jay adults look alike, and juveniles sometimes show some downy feathers until they grow their feathers fully. However, white coloration can be caused by a number of things and is not limited to age – Check out our Color Variants page to learn more about albinism, leucism, pie-baldism and more. Some of these conditions are genetic, others might be the result of damaged cells during development, and sometimes white feathers can grow in as a quick replacement for those lost as a result of an encounter with a predator.

Joyce says:

We saw our first white blue jay in Alberta yesterday.Have been waiting for him/her come back when we give the usual ones their morning peanuts.Hope to get a picture but they are pretty fast.

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Deborah Norris says:

We just spotted one in our back yard near Little Rock, AR! Amazing!

Lavell varnado says:

Just spotted one here in Greenville Sc. I first thought it was a white dove, then it flew down to the grounds and then I saw that familiar crowns on his head

Berry says:

i saw a white blue in my feedar April 24;2021 in churchville VA,

Todd J VanWormer says:

Saw one today in Sioux Falls SD at Sertoma park

Les Pogue says:

We had one visit our feeder today at Goodsoil, Saskatchewan, Canada

Karla M Miller says:

I have had one here at my house for over six months. Nice to see every morning.
Portland Michigan

Noel Roe says:

I just saw a white blue Jay this morning near my feeder. It and another blue jay that was normal in color were together. I had my 8×42 binoculars watching the normal blue Jay up high in a tree near to my feeders when the white one flew up and in view. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and didn’t know for sure it was albino blue Jay until I Google it and saw other pics. Wow. I live in north Alabama. IT is March 3rd. 2022 and beginning of warmer weather. I was so happy to see it.

Donna Marie Hall says:

Just saw my first white bluejay (looks funny to see it written) outside in one of our apple trees here in Dexter, Minnesota. I’m going to try and get a picture of it tomorrow if it doesn’t fly away.

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