Because of the titmouse’s little topknot, some folks think the birds looks like a miniature Blue Jay. While Blue Jays are quite blue, however, Tufted Titmice are mostly gray with white breast and belly.
White or light gray underneath, various shades of blue, black, and white above. Blue Jays make a large variety of calls that carry long distances.
So, what are those birds that look like blue jays? The most common birds with similar appearances are Mountain Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, Steller’s Jay, California Scrub-Jay, Canada Jay, Green Jay, Florida Scrub-Jay, Woodhouse Scrub-Jay, Pinyon Jay, and Mexican Jay.
The black-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta colliei) is a strikingly long-tailed magpie-jay of northwestern Mexico.
Gray Jays are found primarily in mature, humid, sub-alpine, spruce forests. They do not generally breed below 2,000 feet, and are most often found from 3,000 feet and above to the tree line, although some are found nesting locally in lowland habitats.
It surprised many of us to learn that blue jay feathers aren’t actually blue but more of a grayish brown tint. We learned that when light touches tiny pockets of air on blue jays’ feathers, the full color spectrum is absorbed except for blue, which is reflected in the light.
What they look like: Gray Jays are medium-sized, gray songbirds with lighter gray bellies. They have a long tail and a short, black bill. The tips of the dark-gray tail feathers are white. The head is grayish-white with a gray crown and white forehead.
Gray jays occur across northern North America, from northern Alaska east to Newfoundland and Labrador, and south to New Mexico and Arizona. These birds live in different kinds of coniferous and mixed forests.
Description. The Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis is only slightly smaller than a Blue Jay and, silhouetted against the sky, the two birds are surprisingly similar, although the Gray Jay is a somewhat slower and weaker flier than its southern relative. Close up, the Gray Jay can hardly be confused with any other bird.
There are ten species of jay in North America. These are the blue jay, brown jay, Canada jay, green jay, Mexican jay, pinyon jay, and Steller’s jay.
Birds That Look Like Blue Jays
Look for the Steller’s jay and California scrub-jay in the West, the green jay in south Texas, the Canada jay in northern forests, and the Florida scrub-jay in Florida.
Steller’s Jays are large songbirds with large heads, chunky bodies, rounded wings, and a long, full tail. The bill is long, straight, and powerful, with a slight hook. Steller’s Jays have a prominent triangular crest that often stands nearly straight up from their head.
Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white and the neck is collared with black which extends to the sides of the head. The wing primaries and tail are strongly barred with black, sky-blue, and white.
The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is an slim gray bird with flashy white wing patches and white edges on its long tail. It is one of the most vocal and distinctive common, backyard birds in America.
It isn’t. It’s a Black-throated Magpie-Jay, a Mexican species that is sometimes kept in captivity (and apparently available as animal actors).
To many western First Nations, the appearance of a gray jay in the morning is a good omen, and its chattering and whistles an early warning to hunters of nearby predators. There are even Gwich’in guides in the Yukon who tell of gray jays singing from tree to tree to lead a lost and starving hunter home.
Steller’s and Blue Jays are the only North American jays with crests. Both are about 11-12 inches in size with Steller’s being slightly larger. With its black hood and dark blue feathers, Steller’s is easy to distinguish from the Blue Jay, which has a light grayish chest and white spotting on the wings and tail.
Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue.
Jays are part of the order Passeriformes, sometimes called songbirds or perching birds. Both terms describe typical behaviors. They are also part of the Corvidae family, including several familiar species, such as nuthatches, ravens, and crows. The resemblance is easy to see.
Suet, mealworms, cracked corn, and sunflower seeds are other great options to attract jays, and natural food sources such as small fruits and berries—elderberries, cherries, wild grapes, blackberries, etc. —keep jays coming back for more.
An adult gray jay, also known as the “whiskey jack” or “camp robber.” Photo by Minette Layne. The gray jay is a widespread inhabitant of boreal and sub-alpine forests across the northern United States and Canada. This bold and frequently tame songbird is as much an icon of northern forests as is the moose or the wolf.
Answer: In 1920s and 30s America, J-bird was short for jailbird and when they were brought in from the bus, they went to the showers were given their kit and made to walk from one end of the prison to the other naked. Hence naked as a j-bird – or jaybird.
The universe has a way of sending us signs and symbols when we need them most. In the case of blue jays, if they keep appearing to you, there could be some messages around strength, confidence, and/or communication that you’ll want to pay attention to.
The Steller’s Jay is found along the north coast of California into Alaska, and far inland, in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains. The California Scrub-Jay is found along the Pacific coast from Canada to Baja. The latter jay is known for its association with the oak trees and dry scrub.
Jays vary in size from medium to large, ranging from 22 to 30 cm. They possess short wings, a large crest and long, rounded tails. Their plumage is brilliant in its colors, ranging from shades of gray to strikingly beautiful hues of blues and purples, blacks and whites.