Blue Jay
Subspecies C. c. bromia in Moncton, New Brunswick
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Corvida
Superfamily: Corvoidea
Family: Corvidae
Subfamily: Cyanocoracinae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Species: C. cristata
Binomial name
Cyanocitta cristata
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Global range.
Yellow: breeding only
Green: Resident all year
Blue: wintering only.
See also text for recent range expansion.

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae.

Other names


The Blue Jay is 11 inches (28 cm) long.[1] Upperparts blue with distinct crest and white bars across wing. Long, black-barred tail, tipped white; underparts are grey with prominent, dark chin-strap.[2]

Similar species

Steller's Jay is similar, but with black head, nape and throat.

White-throated Magpie-Jay and Black-throated Magpie-Jay have longer tails, but the ranges of the magpie-jays and blue jays do not overlap.

Florida Scrub Jays (both found in Florida), Island Scrub Jays (range doesn't overlap) and Western Scrub Jays (little overlap) lack crests.






E. and C. North America.[1]


  1. ^ a b Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Frank (1990). Birds of America. Gallery Books. ISBN 1561447188. 

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