Bird of the week: Eastern Blue Jay

Eastern Blue Jay

(uncommon, rare visitor)

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Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata
Size and Shape: Large crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins. About the same size as a Western Scrub-Jay
Both Sexes
Length: 9.8-11.8 in (25-30 cm)
Weight: 2.5-3.5 oz (70-100 g)
Wingspan: 13.4-16.9 in (34-43 cm)
Color Pattern: White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above.
Blue Jays make a large variety of calls that carry long distances. Most calls produced while the jay is perched within a tree. Usually flies across open areas silently, especially during migration. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds a seed or nut in feet and pecks it open.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page
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