Blue Jay Raiding Nut Pile
© Brian E Kushner
Blue Jay eating peanuts in my yard.
Size & Shape
Large crested songbird with broad, rounded tail. Blue Jays are smaller than crows, larger than robins.
White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above.
Blue Jays make a large variety of calls that carry long distances. Most calls produced while the jay is perched within a tree. Usually flies across open areas silently, especially during migration. Stuffs food items in throat pouch to cache elsewhere; when eating, holds a seed or nut in feet and pecks it open.
Blue Jays are birds of forest edges. A favorite food is acorns, and they are often found near oaks, in forests, woodlots, towns, cities, parks.