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 26 videos
A bird at a feeder Locality Atlanta, Georgia, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
Alan Larson 31 March 2005 9 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 1 year ago 18 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 8 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 8 years ago 42 sec 4.3
one bathing & another drinking (wild birds) Locality Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp semplei)
Joe Angseesing 15 November 2011 3 years ago 40 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 75 photos
Was just about to pick up a large broken branch.
Locality Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (ssp bromia)
Ken Simonite 9 October 2011 3 years ago 4.7
Adult Blue Jay
Locality Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
Jblanke 26 April 2013 1 year ago 4.6
An adult eating birdseed.
Locality Tennessee, USA (United States)
sophiebuck 8 February 2014 1 year ago 4.5
Blue Jay resting on fence.
Locality Southaven, DeSoto County, Mississippi, USA (United States) (ssp cristata)
Charles Rose IV 5 March 2013 1 year 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 1 year ago 4.2
A Blue Jay calling from my neighbor's crabapple tree. Locality Montana, USA (United States)
Flycatcher 10 September 2014 8 weeks 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 1 year 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 5 years ago 3