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Plush crested Jay

Plush crested Jay
Photo Information
Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-06 13:23
Viewed: 4788
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Plush crested Jay - Cyanocorax chrysops


The crown feathers are stiff and plush-like extending to the rear as a short crest. The head, sides of the neck, throat, and breast are black, with a spot above the eye that is bright silvery blue. A spot below the eye and a short "moustache" alongside the beak are deep blue. The band behind the bird's neck is milky bluish white becoming violet blue on the upper back. The lower breast and belly are creamy yellowish white. The wings and tail are deep blue with the tail broadly tipped white. The sexes are alike.
Life Span: Zoo20Years
Natural Diet:Insects, small animals (including eggs and nestling birds), fruits, and seeds.
Length: Male/Female 14in (35.9cm)
BEHAVIOR: A typical jay, noisy and inquisitive, which is often observed in small flocks and occasionally in mixed company with other jay species foraging through the forest. Similar to other jays, it is a vocal mimic of other birds.
Reproduction: Plush-crested jays nest from early October to December. Clutch size may vary by region, with clutches of 2-4 eggs noted in Paraguay and clutches of 6-7 in Brazil. Egg color is variable, from buff, cream-colored to greenish white, marked with spots, speckles or blotches.
Incubation Period:18Days
Incubation Information:Like other jays, incubation is by the female alone, while the male guards the nest and feeds his mate while she cares for the eggs. After the eggs hatch, both parents raise the chicks, which fledge in about 20 days.


A wild one, who was coming very close to tourist with the hope to get some bread.
PP work: reduce contrast, enhance blue, and blur, in the background.


2288x1712 pixels
Camera Olympus C770UZ
focal length 35 mm
1/100 sec.
ISO 200

Thanks for looking J


nainnain, uleko, gallezeric, JORAPAVI, horia, RAP, Silvio2006, livios has marked this note useful
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super ta photo belle couleurs tres nettes, excellents bg
bravo c'est super

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-06 13:43]

Hello JeanMarie,
Interesting bird you've captured in a nice pose. Sharp details, good focus and nive colours. I like the composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-06 14:14]

Hello Jean-Marie,
Fine capture of the Plush-crested Jay, a species of bird new to me.
This shot is sharp, well composed and contrasts well with the BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

bonjour Jean marie,
très belle prise de vue avec un très bon cadrage ce qui permet de voir l'oiseau en entier belle netteté et bonne maîtrise des couleurs ce qui est pas facille avec les les noir et les blanc du sujet bravo bien joué


Hola JeanMarie,
Preciosa toma, gran nitidez con buenos detalles, la composición, luz y fondo son muy bellos. Saludos

Hi JeanMarie,
Very fine shot!
TFS and regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-06 17:03]

Hi JeanMarie
What a splendid capture from you!
This bird is not something we see everyday on TN so thanks for sharing this refreshing photo :)
The details of this beautiful plush crested jay are terrific and i'm amazed of the result you managed to pull out of you Olympus...superb work!
The colors and tones here are lovely, but i must say that blue dash near the eye is magnificent!
Very good POV and DOF, too, all making this a charming composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi JeanMarie,
Yes it is interesting. You might have observed how suspicious this bird is.
You’ve captured in a nice pose. Sharp details, good focus and nice colors.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 7:25]

Bella ave muy bien retratada JeanMarie conocida aquí como Urraca Paraguaya.
Me gusta el punto de vista captado con excelente agudeza, foco y suaves tonos que permiten apreciar los bellos detalles de su plumaje en todo su esplendor.
Muy buena entrega... gracias por compartirla.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Beautiful bird very well depicted JeanMarie known here as Urraca Paraguaya.
I like the point of view captured with excellent sharpness, focus and soft tones that allow to appreciate the nice details of its plumage in all its splendor.
Very good post... thank you for sharing.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Jean Marie,

What a beautiful animal, well captured. TFS


Ciao JeanMarie, lovely bird with an original POV, great pose and wonderful details, splendid colors, optimal focus, very well done, have a good weeek end, ciao Silvio

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-17 10:07]

Jean-Marie, I don't know if I have already told you I've never gone to Foz do Iguaçu, the place where you took this photo. But, through pictures, I can see the place seems to be really beautiful.

Lovely bird, lovely image. I like the blur on the bg - great post-process. Besides, great colors, pose and sharpness. I like composition too.

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