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Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata


The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is predominately blue with a white breast 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.


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.


Updated on December 30th 2011 to display winter photos.

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Apple 8 years ago

Beautiful jay! Great design on his tail feathers.

Arun 8 years ago

Please consider putting this spotting in the ‘Hunter’ mission at

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Thank you Bong Ambutong!

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 8 years ago

Cool shot Courtney....

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

¡Gracias eulalia rubio!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 8 years ago

Preciosa serie.

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Thank you Leuba!

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Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

such a beautiful blue and a lovely bird too ! - great pics !!

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Cheers PinappleMan, really enjoy your spottings as well.

ThePinappleMan 8 years ago

Great series Courtney!

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Updated to include winter photos.

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Thank you for the kind words Steve A!

Steve A
Steve A 8 years ago

A great series Courtney - your pix are always so clean, well done

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Thank you dandoucette. I have added this to the Niagara Region mission.
Really appreciate you putting that together. Most of my spottings are in that area of Ontario. Thanks again!

windmustache 8 years ago

I love this bird..!! Beautiful!

dandoucette 8 years ago

Hey Courtney
I've created a new mission to document the wildlife of the Niagara Region and this is a perfect spotting to submit. I hope you join the mission to help document the flora and fauna of our area.

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Thank you, alicelongmartin. There were actually 3 or 4 of them flying back and forth between some pines and this patch of grass. I think they were collecting dead grass maybe for a nest?

alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Lovely series. He must have really been looking for something to let you take that many pictures.

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Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Oct 14, 2011
Submitted on Oct 27, 2011

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