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Blue Jays (Cyanocitta Cristata) are abundant in the United States they are also found in Southern Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. They prefer to live in mixed forest and woodlands; particularly around forest edges and in a deciduous or coniferous forest. They will also live in urban and suburban areas, especially if those areas are populated by oak trees.

Blue jays are partially migratory, i.e. some jays migrate south each year and others stay do not. Certain jays have been observed to migrate every other year. Ornithologists (birdwatchers) are unclear why there is no consistent pattern of their migration. Those that migrate do so in large flocks of hundreds of birds.

Blue Jays breed from mid-March through July with peak breeding in mid-April to May. A typical clutch consists of 2-7 eggs, with incubation lasting approximately 17 days. Nests are constructed from sticks and twigs in the thick outer branches of a deciduous or coniferous tree, usually 3-7.6m (10-25ft) above the ground. The male and female share in gathering and building the nest but mostly the male gathers and the female builds the nest.

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There’s no mistaking when a Blue Jay is near. They are notoriously noisy birds with songs consisting of a large variety of calls, the most popular being a harsh “jeer” and a loud “Jay! Jay! Jay!” they have been known to imitate calls of Hawks. By nature, they are very aggressive and territorial. They squawk to warn predators to stay away or to call their flock. They protect against hawks, raccoons, cats, snakes, squirrels, falcons and even humans from their nests. At other times, the they sings softly like a songbird.

Blue Jays are intelligent. Captive ones have been known to use tools. e.g. When a piece of food drops outside of their cage, they have been known to make tools out of strips of newspaper to push the food within reach.

Even though Blue Jays are omnivorous, they eat a mostly vegetarian diet consisting of acorns, nuts, fruits and seeds. They may also eat mice, frogs and insects. Occasionally eating eggs and nestlings of other birds.

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Blue Jays are monogamous and mate for life. Their average life span is 7 years but one that was studied in the wild to live to 17 years and another in captivity is reported to live 26 years!

Blue Jays seem to be susceptible to the West Nile Virus.

When A Blue Jay crouches down and fluffs up its feathers, it is a sign of submission during mating or a fight.

Because Blue Jays “save food” by burying it, they are thought to help the ecology by planting acorns into new oak trees.

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