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August 24, 2009


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Have one had one here for the past few weeks
We are in Brandon Man., Canada

Patricia Anne Elford

When we first noticed this phenomenon, we, too, were worried sick about them. Was it a plague of some sort? We notice that the birds tend to disappear for a while before we see them with heads that look as though they belong on something else that is of the walking dead. They seem very cocky and appear to be quite intelligent, for the most part, so we wonder if they are hiding in embarrassment until they becoming more presentable. There is only one poor scraggly soul now of the several that visit our window sill frequently year round. The others seem to have survived and are looking beautiful.

Petawawa, Ontario

Theresa Ellis

We have a backyard full of bald Bluejays, probably a dozen or more. They do look pretty funny. East Amherst, Nova Scotia.


Thanks for the info! I thought, what is wrong with the blue jays? At least two at my feeder with bald head and necks. Glad they're ok.
Hanmer Ontario


Saw one val des bois, qc


Bald Jay in Camillus, NY in August

Karyn Sedore

Thank goodness we found this post! We live in Minesing Ontario and have a wonderful yard that attracts many different birds including the Blue Jays. We have one bald headed Jay, we thought he was sick! Several look as though they are missing parts of their crowns and another that the body looked half blue and half black!
Thanks to your post we can relax knowing they aren't sick at all and we are witness to the wonders of nature.
Now we are focusing on a young crow with a broken wing. He's living in our forest and isn't in pain/ crisis but cannot fly. We are going to call around to see what policies local organizations have for birds and broken wings. Would love to find a sanctuary for him.

Richard Jones

Watching a bald bluejay in our backyard in Grimsby, Ontario.


I just saw my first bald headed blue jay in my yard. Pretty cute!


This is the first time I have noticed this. I am glad I found your blog because I thought the jay was ill. South Berwick, ME.


2 bald blue jays just landed on my deck where I have a couple of feeders. This family has lived in my neighborhood for many years ... Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They've just started making an appearance on my deck, and will end up playing hide-and-seek for peanuts in the shell well into October. What a thrill! We hide the peanuts in hard-to-see locations in and around the gazebo and deck, including on tables in front and beside us, and it's a riot to watch them find every one!!


One Baldy Blue here on the back office window in Owego, New York. I'm very relieved to know the poor thing isn't sick. Other Blue Jays are still with full plumage.


One bald blue jay in Hanover ontario. Rest seem fine.
Canadian angling


Just saw my first bald blue jay ever, here in S.Vermont. Glad to hear it's normal!

Eric Northrup

This is the second year we've seen a bald Blue Jay. I assumed it was moulting, so I was not concerned. It was feeding well and did not act or appear sick. It was just a surprise to see a bird that was usually so sleek look so ratty and "dinosaurish." We live in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada


Just saw my first bald bluejay on our deck here in NW PA. and came here to investigate. I thought there might be a problem with the little guy. So glad to see it's a natural phenom and not a disease.


Great to find this post! I was worried that it was sick and felt so sorry for it. I have "adopted" many birds and they fly around in my backyard all day long. Yesterday the bald blue jay appeared. It was quite a sight to see the first time. Otherwise it looks very health, taking bath, drinking water, eating peanuts and seeds. Just now it was on my window sill having some flower seeds. 4 August 2016
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I have at least 2 bald blue jays at my feeder. Really surprised me as I thought they were ill until I found your website.
This is on PEI outside Summerside.


At least 2 or 3 bald jays here in North Bedeque, PEI...

The Zen Birdfeeder

Carol and Judy, seeing a bald jay for the first time can be surprising, concerning and then fun once you realize that in most cases, they're just fine. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Julie Muller

We have visited with a friendly bald blue jay while visiting Fort Walton Beach. He visited us daily on our beach front balcony and he hunted insects in the crevices of our patio furniture. He even pecked my husbands toes and finger nails. He was not at all afraid of us, so I assume he is accustomed to being fed on the condo balconies. I was a bit afraid of his lack of fear around us, but in the end we enjoyed him.


Never seen a Cardinal molt yet but I have seen BlueJays like this. There's one around right now. The first time I saw it was after I had saved a very injured fledgling in 1999. He grew up and one day I walked in to the room and his head and neck were COMPLETELY bald. He seriously looked just like a little buzzard!!! I was in total SHOCK!! So, I researched for a while on the limited internet at that time and finally found out what was going on.
I will NEVER forget my time with my funny and always BUSY little BlueBoy.
-- lots of love from TEXAS

The Zen Birdfeeder

Beth, it is pretty amazing-looking the first time you see it! Thanks for checking in from MN.


Baldie here in Alborn, MN (near Duluth), thought it was ill-been watching jays all my life & have never seen the like! Yes, glad to know it's normal, just looks so goofy!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Laurel and Rosemary, thanks for the reports from TX and OH!

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