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Crows and Jays: Corvidae

Blue Jay (cyanocitta Cristata): Species Accounts

Physical characteristics: Blue jays are colorful members of the crow family. They have a crest of blue feathers that tops their head. Their rounded wings and fan-shaped tails are dark blue with black and white markings. Blue jays have pale gray faces and bodies. There's a "necklace" of black feathers around the throat. The bird has a long black bill, long legs and black feet.

Adult blue jays range in length from 9.36 to 11.7 inches (24 to 30 centimeters). Birds weigh from 2.27 to 3.8 ounces (65 to 109 grams). The wingspan is 16 inches (40.54 centimeters).

Blue jays typically hatch four to five young at a time. (© Gregory K. Scott/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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