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Blue Jay
(Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue Jay
Photo © Don DesJardin
Blue Jay Information

Length: 11 - 12.5"

Habitat: Deciduous and mixed woodlands, especially those with oaks and beeches; less frequently, coniferous forests; farmlands, roadsides, parks, and residential areas.

Acorns (staple) and other nuts, seeds, wild fruits and berries, insects and spiders, birds' eggs and nestlings; occasionally, frogs and mice.
Blue Jay ID TipsIdentification tips for the Blue Jay
Calls and sounds of the Blue Jay
Preferred Bird Feeder Food

Blue Jays favor peanuts, whole or shelled. They also enjoy black oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn, dried fruit, and suet. They will at times eat safflower seeds and millet.

These birds prefer platform feeders or large hoppers. However, they will readily feed on the ground or from suet cages and sometimes will eat from tube feeders.

Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
Blue Jay Breeding Map Blue Jay Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional photos and information:
Blue Jay
Photos, range, habitat, description, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, food habits, predation, and conservation status. (From Animal Diversity Web)
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