i just discovered that the latin name for blue jay is cyanocitta cristata. well doesn’t that word “cyan”  just jump out all of a sudden? it’s greek for “blue,”  and familiar to everyone who ever owned a color printer. so the blue jay, according to taxonomists, is a “crested, chatty blue bird.” pretty much dead on.

northern blue jay tail feathers

saint pual, minnesota

  • Un pariente español cercano del blue jay es el Rabilargo, que también tiene plumas azules y en latín se llama Cyanopica cyanus. Solo se encuentran poblaciones en España, Portugal y Extremo Oriente

    • Oh my, I just looked up azure-winged magpie. What a stunning little creature!
      Thank you for that :-)


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