BLUE JAY in flight (Cyanocitta cristata) ©Jim Ridley
The Blue Jay is a bird native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near residential areas.
The Blue Jay is a moderately slow flier (roughly 32–40 km/h (20-25 mi/h) and therefore, easy prey for hawks and owls when flying in open areas. It flies with body and tail held level, with slow wing beats.
The Blue Jay can be beneficial to other bird species, as it may chase predatory birds, such as hawks and owls, and will scream if it sees a predator within its territory.
It may also be aggressive towards humans who come close to its nest.
Jays are very territorial birds, and they will chase others from a feeder for an easier meal. Additionally, the Blue Jay has a bad reputation for raiding other birds’ nests, stealing eggs, chicks, and nests. However, this may not be as widespread as is typically thought. Blue Jays have also been known to attack or kill other smaller birds.
Blue Jays, like other corvids, are highly curious and considered to be intelligent birds. Young individuals playfully snatch brightly coloured or reflective objects, such as bottle caps or pieces of aluminium foil, and carry them around until they lose interest. Blue jays in captivity have been observed using strips of newspaper as tools to obtain food.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Jay
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