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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Cyanocitta cristata POPULATION: 17 million TREND: Decreasing HABITAT: Forest edges, open woodlands, suburbs and cities with large, nut-bearing trees.
A member of the Corvid family, related to theCommon Ravenand Green Jay, the Blue Jay is intelligent and adaptable — qualities that have helped it learn to successfully co-exist with people.
Blue Jays are known to imitate a variety of other bird species, including theBald EagleandEastern Screech-Owl. This noisy bird also utters a wide variety of squeaks, rattles, and croaks. Compare the Blue Jay’s many calls below.