Blue Jay

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!

 
Facts
Food Preferences

Food Preferences of the Blue Jay

The Blue Jay diet consists largely of insects, nuts, seeds and fruits. When cracking open acorns and other large nuts, the Blue Jay will use its feet to hold onto the nut.

Although some people dislike the Blue Jay because it will eat other birds' eggs on occasion, research has shown that this does not happen very often.

 

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