Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is one of the most recognizable birds in North America. With its bright blue plumage and distinctive cry, blue jays have become very popular all over Canada and the United States, to the point where it was named the official bird of Prince Edward Island. Most people know the blue jay to be a generally social bird, as it frequents forested areas near buildings that will make food easy to locate. Despite being so well-known for its blue feathers, surprisingly the blue jay is actually not blue at all.

Characteristics

A typical blue jay will range in weight from 70 to 100 grams and will on average measure 30 cm (11.8 in) in length from beak to tail. They typically have a wingspan of 34-43 cm (13-17 in) tip to tip. Male and female blue jays are virtually identical in colour, their only difference is their size – males are slightly larger than their female counterparts…

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