Passeriformes is the largest order of birds and includes more than half of the world’s different bird species with more than 5,000 unique species classified as passerines. Often times passerines are called songbirds, but not all of these birds are equally vocally adept.
Some of the most common characteristics shared by these birds include being small to medium in size with an upright posture, relatively vocal with different calls though not always singing elaborate songs, and relatively bright plumage colors or distinct markings. The most prominent characteristic shared by all passerine birds is the arrangement of their toes. Each has four toes, three facing forward and one backward which allows the bird to easily cling to horizontal and nearly vertical perches.
Jays are several species of medium-sized, usually colorful and noisy passerine birds in the crow family. This blog shows photographs of four different species of Jay’s I photographed in Plano, TX, Lost Maples State Park, TX, Rio Grande Valley World Birding Center, TX Lincoln National Forest, NM and Ruidoso, NM.