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A Blue Jay in my backyard in northeast Iowa. USA
Image taken with my Canon PowerShot SX50 IS.
Featured in “Midwestern United States Art & Photography”,
“Cover Shots” and “Love These Creatures!!”

Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: CORVIDAE

This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.

Size & Shape
Large crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.

Color Pattern
White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above.

Behavior
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.

Habitat
Blue Jays are birds of forest edges. A favorite food is acorns, and they are often found near oaks, in forests, woodlots, towns, cities, parks.

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birds, blue jays, winter

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Comments

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago

    soooo beautiful .. very well captured .. happy new year

  • Thank you so much!!! Happy New Year!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Lovely capture, Lorilee…love the detail and shades of blue and gray!

  • Thank you, Lynn!!! You’re very kind!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    He looks so very soft! Beautiful!

  • Thanks so much, Dot!!! Happy New Year!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Wonderful shot Lorilee!

  • Thank you so much, Roy!!

    – lorilee

  • vic321
    vic321over 1 year ago

    So beautiful :)

  • Thank you, Vic!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thanks, Rick!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

    Excellent capture, Lori! Have a Happy New Year!!

  • Thank you so much, Marie!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

    – lorilee

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 1 year ago

    “OH MY!” My favorite bird. This is a fantastic capture, I’m in love! LOL :)

  • Thank you, Ann!!! You’re very kind!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 1 year ago

    Oop’s, I forgot to add, he/she looks sooooo fluffy and soft!

  • :o)

    – lorilee

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 1 year ago

    Oh I love this shot! Beautiful!

  • Thanks, Pamela!!! They are pretty birds!! :o)

    – lorilee

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