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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

A blue and white bird from the family of corvids breeding in the area around Montreal. The species feeds mostly on nuts and seeds and occasionally small vertebrates. The population in the area migrates South in winter.



Common Names

EnglishBlue Jay
FrenchGeai bleu
SpanishArrendajo azul


SpeciesCyanocitta cristata

How to Identify

This species can be easily identified due to its blue color on the back and wings, white breast, the black pattern on the head and the form and size of the bill.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - Lac Masson - 2018-08-18

Where and When to Spot

I never see them in parks in the city but frequently in the parks more remote on the island of Montreal.

Parc Bernard-Landry - x - -
Parc de la Frayère x - - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.

Last updated on 2023-12-15. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.