Blue Jay

photo by Phil Swanson

Cyanocitta cristata
L 11″ (28 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Piercing “jay jay jay”; also musical “weedle-eedle.” Mimics call of Red-shouldered Hawk. 

Description: Sexes similar. Blue crest, upper parts, and tail; black barring and white patches on wings and tail; black necklace on whitish underparts; and pale bluish-gray face.

blue jay
Habitat: Occurs in a variety of habitats, including forests, parks, suburbs, cities, and almost anywhere with a combination of trees and grasslands.

Where in Nebraska: Common permanent resident statewide, perhaps somewhat less common in western Nebraska.

Status: Breeding range appears to be expanding steadily to the northwestern United States.

Fun Facts: Blue jays will store food in caches to eat later

Blue Jay - photo by Matt Sittel Blue Jay - photo by Phil Swanson
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