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Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

Description:

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the Blue Jay are recognized. The Blue Jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. It typically gleans food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though it sometimes hawks insects from the air. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree, which both sexes participate in constructing. The clutch can contain two to seven eggs, which are blueish or light brown with brown spots. Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–12 days after hatching. They may remain with their parents for one to two months.



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5 Comments

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 6 years ago

nice .... beautiful !

AnnalisaD
AnnalisaD 6 years ago

Thank you! :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Wow!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

very very nice

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

beautiful!

AnnalisaD
Spotted by
AnnalisaD

Lat: 43.85, Long: -78.96

Spotted on Jan 17, 2013
Submitted on Jan 17, 2013

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