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Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata


These very pretty members of the corvidae family are noisy and bold... they are also greedy and tend to be the bullies of the feeding table. They can be easily recognized by their blue wings and tail with black bars and black necklace with a whitish underside. They are a lot more common at feeding tables, etc in the fall and winter but can be found in the Northern US year round. As you can see from the photograph, they often put on aerobatic displays when negotiating feeding rights. They have a noisy "Jay! Jay! Jay!" call and a rather musical "Weedle-eedle!" song and will often imitate the call of the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - possibly to eliminate competition at the feeding stand by scaring off smaller songbirds.


They are very common in suburban areas, parks and woodlands.


They seem to love peanuts as a source of food.

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sunnyjosef 3 years ago

Wow!! Congrats Miguel!!

Great spotting Miguel,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Jellis 3 years ago

Congratulations. We don't have Blue Jays in California. Hope to see one in Colorado later this year.

LuisStevens 3 years ago

Congrats Miguel!

LisaPowers 3 years ago

Thanks Miguel! I look forward to more of your spottings! :-)

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Beautiful series of images Miguel! Congratulations.

CalebSteindel 3 years ago

Incredible photos!

Miguel.Denyer 3 years ago

@Lisa Powers - comments on the description are noted and I have changed my description accordingly - although I did quote my source on the original, I fully understand and have revised the description to reflect my own observations.
Thanks for the POTD award - much appreciated!

LaurenZarate 3 years ago

So beautiful, it looks like a painting! Congratulations.

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Awesome! Congratulations!

armadeus.4 3 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Oh wow! Amazing capture. Congratulations.

LisaPowers 3 years ago

Please note for future reference that we do not want cut and paste descriptions and habitat. We do want your personal observations on the organism and the habitat where you observed it. Congrats again on such a great photo capture!

LisaPowers 3 years ago

Congrats Miguel.Denyer, your blue jay has been selected as our Spot of the Day!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago

Great photography, Miguel...well done!

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Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.53, Long: -83.67

Spotted on Feb 25, 2016
Submitted on Mar 5, 2016

Spotted for Mission

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