Blue Jay

(Cyanocitta cristata)

Conservation Status
Blue Jay
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The male is slightly larger but otherwise nearly identical to the female.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

11 to 12½ in length

16 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
 

A loud, screaming, jay-jay-jay

 
     
   
 

A high note followed quickly by a low note, the pair often repeated rapidly two or three times, and sounding melodious. It is often called the “rusty pump call.”

 
     
 

It can also imitate a red-shouldered hawk.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Mixed and deciduous forests, agricultural areas, suburban areas, city parks

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common to abundant

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Corvidae (crows, jays, and magpies)  
 

Genus

Cyanocitta (blue and Steller’s jays)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Coastal Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata cristata)

Florida Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata semplei)

Interior Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata cyanotephra)

Northern Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata bromia)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Gregory Gilman

 
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Ramona Abrego

 
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Lynn Rubey

 
 

A Blue Jay flew onto the top of these vines feeding on berries. Along the Ortonville Bike trail.

 
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The Blue Jay turned and looked at me and my grand daughter before going back to feeding.

 
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The Blue Jay taking off after feeding.

 
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Kathy Ross

 
 

...a blue bird sitting on her eggs in a lilac bush next to our deck. It was very easy to take the photos, because she was not going to budge for anything

 
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Trisha

 
 

Female Blue Jay

 
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Tom Baker

 
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Bill Reynolds

 
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Cyanocitta cristata

 

 

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Other Videos
 
  Birds USA... Blue Jays
groenelantaarn
 
   
 
About

Published on Feb 1, 2014

Cyanocitta cristata
Mt Pleasant, Michigan, USA 02-01-2014

 
  Blue Jay - January 26, 2014
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 26, 2014

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Wilderness Garden, Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Pottersville, Somerset, Massachusetts, Sunday morning, January 26, 2014, 10:59 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_71788; 8 sec.

 
  Blue Jay, "Fly Away" - December 4, 2013
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 4, 2013

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), Gagnon Wilderness Habitat, Pottersville, Somerset, Massachusetts, Wednesday afternoon, December 4, 2013, 12:43 PM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_57998; 30 sec.

Music: "Fly Away-UPPM" by KT (Rock, 0:28)

 
  The Blue Jay Ep. 3 - LoveBirds - Short documentary
LesleytheBirdNerd
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 6, 2013

Video content is owned by Lesley

Music is owned by Dick kait check out his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Dickkait

 
       

 

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Nanna Bonnie
5/1/2021

Location: Yellow Medicine County

Just 1 feeding at my feeders

 

 
  Ramona Abrego

Location: Washington and Becker Counties

Blue Jay

 
  Lynn Rubey
10/28/2019

Location: Ortonville Bike Trail

The Blue Jay turned and looked at me and my grand daughter before going back to feeding.

Blue Jay

 
  Kathy Ross
6/4/2017

Location: Anoka County

...a blue bird sitting on her eggs in a lilac bush next to our deck. It was very easy to take the photos, because she was not going to budge for anything

Blue Jay

 
  Trisha
12/9/2016

Female Blue Jay

Blue Jay

 
  Gregory Gilman
2/24/2015

Location: Rochester, MN

Blue Jay

 
  Bill Reynolds
10/9/2013

 

Blue Jay

 
  Tom Baker
5/1/2011

Location: Edenbrook Conservation Area

Blue Jay

 
           
 
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