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  • Cyanistes caeruleus
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About the Blue Jay

The Blue Jay is a North American jay, a bird with predominantly lavender-blue to mid-blue feathering and a pronounced crest on the head.

Blue Jays reside over a very large area of the eastern side of North America from Newfoundland in the northeast to Florida in the southeast and westward to Texas and the mid-west and central Alberta in the north. It is mainly a bird of mixed woodland, including American beech and various oak species, but also of parks and gardens in some towns and cities. West of the Rockies, it is replaced by the closely related Steller's Jay.

The Blue Jay is the provincial bird of Prince Edward Island and gave its name to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 15 September 2006
Scientific Name Cyanocitta cristata
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Cyanocitta
  • C. cristata
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 May 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9 to 12 inches
13 to 7 inches
2.47 to 3.53 ounces
Range North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Sojka Chocholatá (Czech)
  • Blå Skovskade (Danish)
  • Blauwe Gaai (Dutch)
  • Sinitöyhtönärhi (Finnish)
  • Geai Bleu (French)
  • Blauhäher (German)
  • Ghiandaia Azzurra Americana (Italian)
  • アオカケス (Aokakesu) (Japanese)
  • 파랑어치 (Parangeochi) (Korean)
  • Blåskrike (Norwegian)
  • Modrosójka błękitna (Polish)
  • Североамериканская голубая сойка (Russian)
  • Arrendajo Azul (Spanish)
  • Blåskrika (Swedish)

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