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August 24, 2009


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Erica mccallister

I ah e a blue jay friend that visits all the time. He perches on my shoulder and plays with my hair. He is the sweetest thing ever. But I did notice today during his visit that his neck feathers are gone. This article helped me realize that he is not sick. Which I was worried about. He is a good friend and now I can be assured that he is healthy. I have many pictures and videos of him visiting and playing with us. He's quite magnificent. Makes me feel like snow white

Ang brown

Yes!!!! We have a bald blue jay coming to get peanuts from our deck !!! Very interesting


Relieved to learn that the Baldy Blu Jays are just going through a phase! I thought I was at fault for feeding them some chopped up almonds!


Thank you for the article & photo's. I have several Bald (head and neck) Jays coming to a window mount platform feeder, a Mother's Day gift, purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited in Clearwater, FL. Glad to know it's part of the normal molt cycle. I have Jays, cardinals, and morning doves visiting this feeder, the squirrels can't reach it, they only get what the birds drop to the ground. Stephanie Dunedin, Florida.

Sally Edson

West Windsor VT here. Have them all over the farm. I thought they were doing it to each other! Glad to hear it is normal


I have at least 5 of them that I put peanuts out on my deck for each morning, I figured it had to be moulting but I have been doing this for several years and never recall seeing their heads bald. Thank you for sharing, makes me feel better as I love my daily blue jay visits.


A bald blue jay has been a regular at my feeders in Springfield, VA (northern VA) for the past week. I also worried about him/her but he/she seems perfectly healthy, raucous voice & normally agile. I had a bald cardinal a couple years ago & I thought it was a juvenile. Thanks for setting me straight!


Yes. Coatesville PA.. banded headed blue Jay's. Mother nature always has surprises. Today August 29th 2016.

I am happy to read they are normal. But sadly they look like something out of Alfred Hitchcock movie lol

Robert Ricketson

When I first saw a bald headed blue jay I thought it was a cross between a blue jay and a vulture.


I live in northern Illinois and I've seen two blue jays and one cardinal with no head and neck feathers, I was concerned but glad to know it's a natural occurrence.

Alan Hartwig

I have fed birds for over 30 years and this is the first year I have noticed so many bald Blue Jays in August. My mother used to feed them also, and never to this extent have I seen this occurrence. I have wondered about feeding them suet (Royal Wing Peanut) in summer. The woodpeckers and jays crave this, and I use the cage feeders which means their chest and neck have to come in contact with the greasy cage. I wonder too about the unusually hot and dry summer here in the Great Lakes region. Despite all the comments on the normalcy of this occurrence, I still have to wonder if environmental and nutritional (methods)are an underlying cause.


Have a couple of baldies in Clarkston, MI. One has a single long feather left on his head and we named him Hilarious plus a bald Cardinal and one that looks like he has been through the war with feathers missing all over his body. We call them Al O'pecia and Varigated.


Thank you for this article. I thought I had sickly Blue Jays in my yard this week. Glad to see its perfectly normal.
Liverpool, PA.


Goodness! I'm sitting here crying, thinking the poor thing's dying. I immediately wondered if I'd fed them poisonous seeds or given them toxic water. Thank you for my heart's ease.

I was just looking at photos I took of the birds feeding. The bald jay showed up just after the other birds had eaten. I thought it was too embarrassed to eat with the others because it's bald. Silly me.

Cynthia Bragg

I have three bald bluejays coming every morning for peanuts in Guelph Ontario. They have energy and loud screechy voices but look awfully funny.

Kim thompson

Posted by Kim (Ann arbor, mi) there is a group of five or six that come to my patio, noticed one first, then all the others and immediately went on line, thank you! August 27, 2016


Strange looking molting blue jays are here on Cape Cod. Could they be morphing into vultures? Fortunately, the answer is no.

Sandra D

Thank you for the information!! We've seen one in our Ohio feeder for the last few weeks and it is completely bald!!! It is late August and we wondered what in the world happened to that poor blue jay! Glad to hear it just part of nature and nothing is wrong...

Carol Kozel

Saw bald blue jay today in Bradford, PA, at a feeder. Carol K

Heidi Levin

Well I can't tell you what a relief it is to have found this site. I have three Blue Jays that are regular visitors and yes, one is bald. I too thought something was wrong with this little guy and was very much relieved to know, all is well. Kenosha, Wisconsin


I'm so glad to see that this is a common occurrence although I have never in all my life seen a bald blue jay before. I think my Jay must be the same as another post from Karen in Minesing, Ontario I am In Springwater Ontario 5 minutes away! I am almost positive that this Jay has been visiting me since he was a baby 3 years ago as the grey markings on his chest are the same and I have pictures to compare.


Saw a bluejay yesterday in Portage Michigan that was molting. Didn't know what that was at the time. Thanks for the information.


Just spotted one squaking up a storm by the feeder this morning. I think it was the same obnoxious jerk bird that terrorizes the area so loudly. When I went to shoo him off, is when I noticed his bald head. He'll squak so loudly out there that I thought maybe someone had taken a pot shot at him because he hadn't been around for a while. It made me laugh.
Palm Harbor, Florida


We have one! Lively ontario!

Lenni Eastwood

Thank you for this info. My cats and I watched as they came to our feeder at least 6. One has a mohawk with 4 spikes left at the back pretty cute.
Cheers Lenni from Port Perry

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