Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Corvidae

Size

Blue Jays are generally between 9.75 and 11.9 inches in length.

Lifespan

up 15 years

Weight

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) facts, habitat, range, blue jay pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Omnivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Midwest, Eastern U.S.

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

3-7 Eggs

Egg Description

Blue/brown with brown spotting

Condition at Hatching

Helpless, eyes closed, naked

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

13.25-17 in

What does the Blue Jay look like?

Blue Jays have bright blue upper bodies with white to light gray undercarriages. They have a crested head and rounded tails. They have black color around their head and shades of blue and white patterned wings. They have short stout black bills and black legs, eyes and feet. Males are generally slightly larger than females.

Blue Jay Habitat

Open Forests

Blue Jay Facts

Blue Jays are omnivores. They will eat fruits nuts, insects, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other bird eggs. The will cache food such as acorns for later use. They are very territorial and will defend their area from hawks, raccoons and other predators. They are often preyed on by larger birds of prey and opportunistic mammals such as opossums and raccoons. Blue jays are excellent mimics and will often do so to hawk calls.

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