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Beautiful Blue Jay Still Has Half Of Its Baby Feathers As It Turns Into An Adult

This “teenager” is transitioning between having its grey, fluffy baby feathers to showcasing its vibrant blue adult plumage.

Animals, much like humans, have to go through that awkward adolescent phase.

The photo above was originally posted on Reddit, showing a “teenage” Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata.)

The image captures the in-between phase where the bird still has its grey fluffy feathers but is also transitioning to its vibrant blue adult plumage.

Blue Jay

This is a normal developmental stage for a Blue Jay to go through.

Blue Jay | Audubon Field Guide

The bird will go through many plumage stages over the course of its life.

How to Identify and Attract Blue Jays - Birds and Blooms

In fact, Blue Jays are known for their unique molting pattern as they undergo a complete feather change between June – July each year.

Blue Jay Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Contrary to their name, Blue Jays aren’t actually blue.

Blue Jay - eBird

The bright cobalt blue is an illusion caused by refraction in their unique feathers.

The overlaid feather distorts light as it is reflected, which makes it appear blue. Without direct light, the natural brown colour of the feathers is revealed.

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Written by Alice Joan