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Steller's Jay, Deformed Bill

I first saw and photographed this Steller's Jay in my yard in May 2007. I assumed the bird could not long survive with the upper mandible of its bill broken off at the base. But I saw and photographed the same bird in my yard in July 2008 and again in September of that year, and then again in April 2009 -- it had survived two years since I first saw it. The bird apparently has a mate with a normal bill, also shown in this gallery.
Steller's Jay, deformed bill, May 2007
Steller's Jay, deformed bill, May 2007
Steller's Jay, deformed bill, July 2008
Steller's Jay, deformed bill, July 2008
Steller's Jay, deformed bill
Steller's Jay, deformed bill
Steller's Jay pair, deformed bill and normal
Steller's Jay pair, deformed bill and normal
Steller's Jay*
Steller's Jay*
Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay, deformed bill
Steller's Jay, deformed bill
Steller's Jay, deformed bill
Steller's Jay, deformed bill