Animals Birds

Animals Birds

Blue Jay


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Cyanocitta cristata
PROFILE:

Blue jays may be small, but they are mighty…and fiesty! Weighing in at a few ounces, these aggressive birds are protective of their territory and food. They will steal food from other birds’ nests, frighten birds into dropping their food, and stash large amounts of food they will never eat. Take a minute to watch these birds in action; you are likely to see some very interesting behaviors.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Passeriformes (perching birds)
NATIVE TO:
southern Canada and the United States
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Omnivore
LIFESPAN:
Up to 7 years; oldest documented was 26 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Monogamous pair
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