The Blue Jay received its name because of the "jay" call it makes when communicating with other Blue Jays, whether it is warning of impending danger or just socializing. Of course, we all can figure out why the "Blue" was added to the name!
Blue Jays mate for life. Although the average life span of the Blue Jay in the wild is about 7 years, there have been some Blue Jays who have lived up to 17 years!
Learn even more on the Blue Jay in a Species Spotlight at our blog, The Wild Bird Journal.
Appearance of the Blue Jay
A very vocal songbird, both the male and female Blue Jay have the same appearance. With outer feathers and crest on its head having shades of bright blue, the Blue Jay definitely stands out at a bird feeder.
The Blue Jay's tail and wing feathers, covered in black and white striping, contrast beautifully with the varying blue shades on its tail and body.
Geography of the Blue Jay
Blue Jays are found in southern Canada and throughout the entire region east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. A few flocks have been found in Washington state, as well.
Some Blue Jays migrate southward for the winter, while others stay in their habitat year round. Scientists are not sure why some Blue Jays migrate and some do not, since it does not seem to be dependent on age or other studied factors.
Local Environments of the Blue Jay
Blue Jays are found in mixed woodlands, the edges of forested areas and urban parks and suburban neighborhoods. Blue Jays prefer areas with large trees, especially oak, since it enjoys feasting on acorns and other nuts.
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