The Blue Jay is a colorful member of the corvids, more commonly known as the crow family. Birds in this family are highly intelligent, and the Blue Jay is no exception. The Blue Jay is bold, smart, territorial and loud when a potential predator is nearby. It has a strong beak used for cracking nuts and acorns and is easily identified by its distinct blue and black markings and prominent crest. The crest is usually flattened down against the head when feeding as show here below.
|Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)