Blue Jays. Much larger than Eastern bluebirds, blue jays measure 11 to 12 inches. Like the bluebirds, they have blue backs, but also look for a gray breast, robust bill, and a crest, or pointy tuft of head feathers. Males and females are nearly identical.
The blue jay is larger, ranging in size from 10 to 12 inches. He’s more flamboyant than the blue bird, with a white or gray breast topped with blue plumage. The perky crest on his head also makes him easily identifiable.
The birds that look like Blue Jay are Bluebirds, California scrub-jays, Steller’s Jays, Canada jays, Green Jays, and Florida Jays. However, people often mistake them as Blue Jays because of their shared physical traits, diet, behavior, and habitat.
|colspan=“2”>Motacilla sialis Linnaeus, 1758|
The presence of a blue jay in one’s home or yard is considered a sign of good fortune by many Christians. A blue jay’s Christian symbolism advises you to persevere, no matter how difficult the road ahead may be. Sometimes, people encounter a situation that they can’t control.
Blue Jays are common, but their populations have declined by an estimated 0.6% per year for a cumulative decline of about 27% between 1966 and 2019 according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 17 million.
Blue Jay Habitat
These birds are most commonly found in the eastern and central parts of North America. However, they are also known to be extending their range to the northwest. They also prefer coniferous forests and can also be found in southern Canada besides the parts of the United States.
Bluebirds have large ranges with relatively little overlap.
The mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides), western bluebird (Sialia mexicana), and the eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) have rather extensive geographic ranges. Range maps show where each of the three bluebird species can be found.
Indigo Bunting. Smaller than the Eastern Bluebird, the Indigo Bunting has a thick, finch-like bill. Breeding males are entirely blue, while females and juveniles are brown, and look like sparrow-sized finches. The Indigo Bunting is known for its cheerful singing all over North America.
Blue Jays are such feisty, clever birds and aren’t afraid of humans. In fact, they’re one of the most intelligent birds you’ll see in your backyard. They’re members of the corvid family, including other jay species such as Steller’s Jays, ravens, crows, and magpies.
Although there is no direct reference to the biblical meaning of blue jay, we definitely can observe them as God’s messengers. Just like the resurrection is a key of Christianity, birds are symbolizing a resurrected soul sent from heaven to send us some important message. Those messages shouldn’t be ignored.
Ravens and other members of the corvid family (crows, jays, and magpies) are known to be intelligent. They can remember individual human faces, expertly navigate human environments (like trash cans), and they even hold funerals for their dead.
The key to attracting Eastern Bluebirds to nest in your yard is to have plenty of potential nesting locations, food and water. Bluebirds do prefer more open area so if your yard is heavily wooded you’ll enjoy many other nesting birds, but probably not bluebirds.
Native American lore says that seeing a blue jay nearby ensures good luck for whoever crosses its path. Blue Jay’s symbolism can vary somewhat. To some, they are thought to represent a symbol of fortune and luck. They are also thought to be good omens that symbolize happiness and peace.
To the tribesmen of the Navajo and Iroquois, the bluebirds symbolize good fortune, fertility, and prosperity. These birds were often seen during the spring season and were, thus, associated with growth and new beginnings.
The female’s head, crest, and back are a deep blue-gray, while the plumage on the wings and tail are bright blue, with black bars and white spots. The underside (chest, abdomen, and underneath the tail) is ashy-white. Her legs and feet are black and her eyes are dark brown.
It has white cheeks, black moustache, black tail and a thick black bill tipped with yellowish-orange. Female jays are slightly smaller and duller than males. Both male and female jays look alike, but mature females are streaked on their breast, whereas adult males have no streaks.
Blue jays can be very aggressive to other birds; they sometimes raid nests and have decapitated other birds. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree; both sexes participate.Blue jay.
|colspan=“2”>Blue jay Temporal range: Piacenzian - present|
|colspan=“2”>Cyanocitta cristata (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Do blue jays eat snakes? There’s no real evidence to suggest that Blue jays eat snakes. In fact, if anything, snakes pose a risk to Blue jays and may prey upon their nestlings and fledglings.
The black-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta colliei) is a strikingly long-tailed magpie-jay of northwestern Mexico.
Blue Jays, Crows, Roadrunners, Chipmunks, and Squirrels are notorious for eating hummingbird eggs and baby hummingbirds as a nice little treat. Hawks have been known to catch a hummingbird for a quick snack.
The Blue Jays will eat plenty! Their natural winter diet consist mostly of vegetable matter, acorns, beechnuts, seeds and berries. Summer food consist of larger insects, grasshoppers, caterpillars, mice, bird eggs, and baby birds.