Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata

Description:  While the blue appearance of the blue jay is obvious and well known, their calls and noises also bring much attention to them.  When away from their nest blue jays are very noisy making many calls as, "jay-jay," or, "tull-ull."  Other shrieks and growls can be heard from these birds depending on the situation.

 Habitat:  These birds nest commonly nest 8 to 20 feet up in the tree of a coniferous forest, and less commonly in a deciduous forest.  Like many Michigan birds, jays also migrate south.  Jays tend to travel quietly, high in the air, in flocks of up to 250.

Feeding:  A blue jay's diet consists of mostly vegetarian items such as acorns, and other seeds.  However, these highly adaptable birds can also eat beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers and other insects.

  Click to hear the blue jay's call.

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