7 Things to Know About Blue Jay

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a common, medium-sized, crested jay species with blue upperparts, gray and white underparts, and a narrow black collar.

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Male Blue Jay features a black crest, collar, and beak. Gray-blue on head, back, and wings, with a distinctive eye line and size difference.

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IDENTIFICATION

Male

Female Blue Jays resemble males but are smaller. Both have blue upperparts, gray-white underparts, and distinctive markings. Average size: 11", 16" wingspan, 3 oz.

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Female

Blue Jays are vocal mimics, producing various calls like jeering nyeeah nyeeah. They mimic species, including Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks.

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Vocalizations

Versatile omnivores, Blue Jays feed on nuts, berries, insects, and small animals. Skilled nest predators, they forage in pairs or small groups.

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Food

Blue Jays nest in trees using twigs, rootlets, and mud. Females lay 2-7 eggs, incubate for 17-18 days. Male feeds chicks for 8-12 days. Fledglings leave nest in about 3 weeks.

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Nesting and Eggs

They thrive in woodlands and backyards across eastern USA and Canada. With a population of 17 million, they're Least Concern but face habitat challenges.

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Current Situation

Mimicking hawk sounds, Blue Jays startle small birds to snatch their food, employing a clever strategy for a quick meal.

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