Blue Jay

You won’t have to see this brash blue bird to know it’s on its way to pillage your feeder of sunflower seeds and peanuts. Its harsh cry is unmistakable.


Blue Jay
Roland Jordahl
Blue Jay
Blue Jay, juvenile


Blue JayRoland Jordahl
Roland Jordahl Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata.
Family: Crow.
Length: 11 inches.
Wingspan: 16 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Blue crest and back, gray breast, bold white spots on wings and tail.
Nest: Well hidden and often found in the crotch of a tree, the nest is built of twigs, roots, grass and sometimes mud. The female lays  three to seven blue or brown spotted eggs.
Voice: Harsh scream, “jaaay, jaaay, jaaay.” Has many other calls, including whistle phrases, rattles and a harsh “shkrrr.”
Habitat: Backyards, parks and woodlands.
Diet: Nuts, seeds, fruits, insects and frogs.
Backyard Favorites: Feeders with suet, sunflower seeds and peanuts.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Blue Jay’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Blue Jay Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.