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Blue Jay feather (Cyanocitta cristata). This feather came from a Blue Jay. These medium-sized (11"), colorful birds are characterized by their violet-blue crests and a black band across their forehead. Below the throat is another black band. The lower breast and belly is off-white. Most of the body is bluish-gray and the wings and tail are bright sky-blue with heavy black barring. Corners of the tail are also white. These birds usually nest in evergreens 8 to 20' above the ground. Both parents bring food for the hatchlings and they travel in small flocks. Their diet mostly consists of acorns, nuts, and seeds, but have been known to eat grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, and worms.

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