Green Jay (Draw a Bird Day)

clever, curious–
your flashy loud mimicry
a family trait

Continuing my explorations of the Corvid family, I decided to collage and draw a green jay this month. Residents of the Texas borderlands, they are also found in Central and South America. Like all corvids, they are intelligent, adaptable, brash, and have a large variety of vocalizations, including imitating the calls of hawks to drive away food competitors. They also use sticks as tools to pry bark up to get to the insects underneath.

Green jays live and forage communally, in family groups. The populations are currently stable, although habitat destruction is a concern, particularly in Mexico, and around the proposed border wall to be built through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

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32 responses to “Green Jay (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. weisserwatercolours says :

    ….brilliant–in its colour, its presentation and its depiction. I’ve never heard of this bird until now!

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  2. kiddlescarol says :

    I enjoy your artistic flair with these birds, and it sounds like they are quite similar in behavior to our blue jays. Indeed, they are very intelligent!

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Superb and vibrant colors of this lovely bird Jay. Awesome post.

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  4. V.J. Knutson says :

    Beautiful. I love the green jays.

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  5. Susan Feniak says :

    Wonderful collage and painting, vibrant. I have never heard of a Green Jay. It’s call must sound similar to the Stellar Jay we have here.

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  6. msjadeli says :

    Oh how I love your collage! The home-made paper gives it such texture on top of texture. The painting is beautiful also. We don’t have the green ones around here but we do have the blue jays.

    You will see I tried my hand at sketching my first bird for Draw a Bird Day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. robertawrites235681907 says :

    These are both lovely, Kerfe, but I particularly like the mosaic.

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  8. Bela Johnson says :

    Never seen a green jay! We feed dozens of blues, Stellars and Scrubs. So amazing seeing them all flocking to the feeder and nobody fights! ๐Ÿค—

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  9. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I have a thing about the feathered Corvidae, Kerfe. We don’t have the Green Jay up here, but we do have the beautiful and loud Stellar Jays. I squawk with them, mimicking them, and I think they know it. Such clever birds.

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  10. judeitakali says :

    Love how you put your art together, and the little first verse was tasteful.

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  11. Jill Kuhn says :

    Hi Kerfe, I love your combos of colors and textures in your collage! I also like your drawing. I had never heard of a green jay. They sound like a bird with an attitude! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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