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Jay (Blue)

Cyanocitta cristata
Blue Jay

Range

They are found in southern Canada through eastern U. S. to Gulf Coast, westward to central Texas. There are small groups of them all the way west to Washington. Some go south (migrate) in winter and some stay in the north.

Habitat

They live in oak forests and suburbs.

Body Traits

They are bright blue on their heads, back and wings with black stripes (bars) on their wings and tail. They have a white face, chest and belly. They have a blue head crest with a black line framing the sides of their face.

Habits

They have a loud call and can be very aggressive.

Diet

They eat nuts and seeds with some fruit and insects.

Reproduction

They build a nest of twigs and grass, with mud. The female lays 2-7 blue to light brown eggs with brownish spots.

Blue Jay

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class:  Aves
Order:  Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Species: C.cristata

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