Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - HBW 14, p. 568
French: Geai bleu
Spanish: Chara Azul
Taxonomy: Corvus cristatus Linnaeus, 1758, in America septentrionali = south-eastern South Carolina, USA.
Genus closest to Gymnorhinus and Aphelocoma. Analyses of mitochondrial DNA suggest that this species and C. stelleri likely split from a common ancestor over 5 million years ago (cytochrome b gene divergence of 10.7%). Known to hybridize with C. stelleri, and also with Aphelocoma coerulescens and Cyanocorax yncas. Geographical variation rather weak and clinal, and semplei perhaps better subsumed in nominate; review desirable. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- bromia Oberholser, 1921 - S Canada from E British Columbia E to Newfoundland, S in USA from North Dakota to NE Nebraska and C Missouri and, in E, to SC Illinois, C Indiana, NE Kentucky, NE Tennessee and SC Virginia.
- cyanotephra Sutton, 1935 - from SE Wyoming and Nebraska (except NE) S through E Colorado, W Kansas and Oklahoma to N Texas.
- cristata ( Linnaeus, 1758) - from S Missouri, S Illinois, SW Indiana, W Kentucky, Tennessee (except extreme NE), SW Virginia and North Carolina S to SE Texas, coastal Gulf of Mexico and C Florida.
- semplei Todd, 1928 - S half of Florida (S from Hillsborough and Osceola counties).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 28 videos
A bird at a feeder Locality Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
Alan Larson 31 March 2005 10 years ago 18 sec 4.6
Perched, looking about, then bathes face (wild bird) Locality Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp semplei)
Joe Angseesing 15 November 2011 3 years ago 35 sec 4.3
Resting and calling. Locality Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States)
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 1 February 2014 2 years ago 18 sec 4.3
Adult eating a peanut Locality Flamingo Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp semplei)
Joe Angseesing 19 January 2009 6 years ago 22 sec 4.3
A bird feeding on the ground, under bird feeders Locality Greenwich Audubon Centre, Connecticut, USA (United States) (ssp bromia)
Josep del Hoyo 1 May 2006 9 years ago 24 sec 4.3
A bird eating sunflower seeds at a feeder Locality Greenwich Audubon Centre, Connecticut, USA (United States) (ssp bromia)
Josep del Hoyo 1 May 2006 9 years ago 42 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 81 photos
Was just about to pick up a large broken branch.
Locality Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (ssp bromia)
Ken Simonite 9 October 2011 4 years ago 4.7
Adult Blue Jay
Locality Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
John Blanke 26 April 2013 2 years ago 4.6
An adult eating birdseed.
Locality Tennessee, USA (United States)
sophiebuck 8 February 2014 2 years ago 4.5
Blue Jay resting on fence.
Locality Southaven, DeSoto County, Mississippi, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
Charles Rose IV 5 March 2013 2 years ago 4.4
Blue Jay perching on railing eyeing the peanuts in the feeder.
Locality Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Joel Agarwal 2 April 2013 2 years ago 4.2
Photo taken at Zilker Park.
Locality Austin, Texas, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
SergioPorto 7 April 2013 2 years ago 4.2
In a tree calling Locality Central Park, New York City, New York, USA (United States)
Joe Angseesing 1 November 2015 19 weeks ago 5
A Blue Jay calling from my neighbor's crabapple tree. Locality Montana, USA (United States)
Flycatcher 10 September 2014 1 year ago 3.5
bird singing perched on the tree. Locality Greynolds Park, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States)
Antonio Silveira 29 August 2013 2 years ago 3.5
Typical calls. Locality Dallas Zoo, Dallas, Texas, USA (United States)
pcx 27 May 2011 4 years ago 3
Typical calls in a suburban garden Locality Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States)
Stuart Fisher 4 June 2009 6 years ago 3