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Corvids Have Nasal Bristles PSA by SageKorppi Corvids Have Nasal Bristles PSA by SageKorppi
Mostly because I can, and also because it is a pet peeve of mine.


Quote from: Madge, S. and Burn, H. 1999. Crows & Jays. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.…

Photo credits:

Black Currawong: JJ Harrison via Wikimedia Commons
Australian magpie: Aviceda via Wikimedia Commons

Blue Jay: DickDaniels via Wikimedia Commons
Green Jay: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons
Eurasian Jay: Mark Medcalf via Wikimedia Commons
Clark’s Nutcracker: Jason Popesku via Wikimedia Commons
Black-Billed Magpie: David Merrett via Wikimedia Commons
Green Magpie: Thomas Ruedas via Wikimedia Commons
Rufous Treepie: Jon Connell via Wikimedia Commons
Pander’s Ground-Jay: Alastair Rae via Wikimedia Commons
Alpine Chough: Ken Billington via Wikimedia Commons

Common Raven: David Hofmann via Wikimedia Commons
American Crow: cuatrok77 hernandez via Wikimedia Commons
Jackdaw: Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons
House Crow: J.M.Garg via Wikimedia Commons
Jungle Crow: aomorikuma via Wikimedia Commons
White-Billed Crow: Josep del Hoyo via The Internet Bird Collection
New Caledonian Crow: original author unknown via Google Search
Pied Crow: Lip Kee Yap via Wikimedia Commons
White-Necked Raven: Greg Hume via Wikimedia Commons
Thick-Billed Raven: original author unknown, via Wikimedia Commons
White-Necked Crow: ZankaM via Wikimedia Commons
Australian Raven: Brett Donald via Wikimedia Commons

Rook: Andreas Trepte
Grey Crow: Brian J. Coates via The Internet Bird Collection
Grey Crow: mehdhalaouate via The Internet Bird Collection
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Also Pinyon Jay does not have nasal bristles. This guide is really useful^^
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, I noted that in the graphic (just under the treepie, ground-jay, and chough).

The pinyon jay genus name, Gymnorhinus means "bare nostril".

Though I do see I need to update the scientific name for the Aussie magpie and butcher bird...
Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Thank you for the info^^
tenko72 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Ah! I didn't know that feature had a name. I was practicing drawing crows and I noticed and sketched those, but I had no idea they were a defining feature of corvids or that they covered the nose holes. Now, I know.
PineRain Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen. :)
BlueFlamedPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Fantastic tutorial! I never noticed this about corvids but I will keep it it mind when I draw them now!
restlesshands Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Saving this for future reference.

And now that I've been alerted to their existence, I'm now curious what function (if any) nasal bristles have.
Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
OMG! I did not realize Jays were corvids as well. Thanks.
Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think my crow/raven knowledge just increased by about x10

Also, I like how it says "Green Jay", even though the bird shown is extremely blue : )
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah, their heads are blue but the rest of the bird is quite green: [link]

One of my favorite jays!
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