5 Weird Facts about Blue Jays

This blog was written by writing intern Amanda Simard. This month’s calendar photo features a Blue Jay. While you may be familiar with the sight of this large blue songbird, here are some facts about the Blue Jay you may not know – some of which you may find downright strange! Blue Jay Description Common name: Blue Jay Scientific name: Cyanocitta cristata Habitat: forests edges Lifespan: the eldest wild, banded Blue Jay was 26 years old. Size: 25-30 cm long; 70-100 g Description: The Blue Jay is a large blue songbird with a perky crest. Its underside is white, and its back is blue, white and black. Fact 1 – Blue Jays rub ants on their feathers. Yes, you read… read more →