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Blue Jay

Length: 11 inches Song: Sharp penetrating, jay,jay,jay, or thief thief thief.
Wingspan: 16 inches Behavior: Usually in pairs or flocks; especially gregarious after nesting season. Lives in oak and breech trees. Noisy; shrieks alone or in groups at cats, snakes, owls, hawks and hunters.
Weight: 3.0 ounces Breeding: Monogamous. Solitary nester. Male feeds during courtship. May keep mates for several years.
Habitat: Open forest Population: Common and widespread in woodlands and residential areas with big shade trees. Casual in the Northwest in autumn and winter.
Migration: Migratory Feeders: Suet, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cracked nuts; birdbaths.
Appearance: Long black bill, bright blue wings, black feet and legs.
Interesting Facts: Noisily shrieks at cats, snakes, hawks and owls mostly. Stores acorns in the ground for the winter. Many acorns are not found to eat in the winter. They bury them in the forest trees and in the dirt.

Compiled by Victoria, Middletown Elementary School, Louisville, KY
Information from Birds of North America by Fred J Alsop III, DK Publishing, Inc., 2001

Photos used with permission from Richard Healy.

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Last Updated: February 28, 2012

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