Cyanocitta cristata

Common Names: Blue jay
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Jays, Crows, Magpies, & Ravens

The blue jay measures 9 to 12 inches from bill to tail, with a wingspan of 13 to 17 inches. There is a pronounced crest on the head, a crown of feathers, which may be raised or lowered according to the bird's mood. When excited or aggressive, the crest will be fully raised. When frightened, the crest bristles outwards, brushlike. When the bird is feeding among other jays or resting, the crest is flattened on the 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 bill, legs, and eyes are all black. Males and females are almost identical, but the male is slightly larger.

Blue jays have adapted to humans and are commonly found in residential areas, parks, as well as pretty much any kind of habitat in Connecticut.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.