Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jay photos courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2006 Pete Williams

The Blue Jay reaches an overall length of 9-12 inches at full maturity. To identify look for a pointed crest and a black necklace, bright blue above, with white on the wings and tail. Its preferred habitat is woodlands, farmlands, suburbs and city parks.

This handsome, noisy bird is known for its raucous voice and the wide variety of its calls, cries and screams. But like other jays, it also has a wisper song. A series of faint whistles and soft, sweet notes delivered from a perch hidden in foliage. Blue Jays are omnivorous , feeding on fruits, seeds, nuts, insects, bird's eggs, small birds, mice, treefrogs, snails and fish. In the spring and autumn these jays migrate in flocks that sometimes number in the hundreds.

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