|The bird below has a severely deformed bill, with the lower mandible abnormally thin, and twisted, and the upper mandible broken off at the base. When I first saw the bird in my yard in the Spring of 2007, I thought it surely had a very short life expectancy. But the picture below was taken in September of 2008; the bird looked healthy, was flying around and calling vigorously in typical Steller's Jay fashion, and accompanied the bird directly above, a healthy jay with a normal bill. I believe they are a mated pair. The bird at the top of the page, photographed at around the same time as the bird with the deformed bill first showed up, may also be the mate. It's quite impressive that a bird with such badly damaged feeding equipment could survive so long.