Common Name: Blue Jay
Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata
Migration: Partial migrant. Population core does not migrate, but birds in the northern part of the range may migrate in winter. Western populations also migrate irregularly, often in relation to available food sources.
The blue jay is a bold, noisy songbird often found in open woods of primarily deciduous or mixed deciduous and coniferous trees. Mature nut-bearing trees such as oaks and beeches are especially likely to attract blue jays, though these birds are rarely seen in deep forests or thick vegetation. Parks, gardens, suburban areas and areas with fragmented forests are also popular blue jay habitat.
While foraging, blue jays can often be seen both in the trees and on the ground, especially when leaf litter is deep. The birds will cache nuts in the leaves or bury them for later use, and in fact blue jays are responsible for many new growth oak and beech forests that have sprouted from unclaimed nuts.
For more information, see the complete blue jay profile.
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