Blue Jay

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 September 2006
Scientific Name
Cyanocitta cristata
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Cyanocitta
  • C. cristata
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9 to 12 inches
13 to 7 inches
2.47 to 3.53 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Sojka Chocholatá
Danish (Dansk) Blå Skovskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwe Gaai
Finnish (Suomi) Sinitöyhtönärhi
French (Français) Geai Bleu
German (Deutsch) Blauhäher
Italian (Italiano) Ghiandaia Azzurra Americana
Japanese (日本語) アオカケス (Aokakesu)
Korean (한국어) 파랑어치 (Parangeochi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåskrike
Polish (Polski) Modrosójka błękitna
Russian (русский язык) Североамериканская голубая сойка
Spanish (Español) Arrendajo Azul
Swedish (Svenska) Blåskrika
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