Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata

The Blue Jay is well known for its loud calls and aggressive behavior. Winsor Marrett Tyler described (in the Bent Life History series) the Blue Jay as follows:

"The blue jay is a strong, healthy-looking bird, noisy and boisterous.

He gives us the impression of being independent, lawless, haughty, even impudent, with a disregard for his neighbors' rights and wishes: like Hotspur, as we meet him in Henry IV, part 1."

The Blue Jay's beauty may be under-appreciated because of its aggressive reputation.