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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Aves > Passeriformes > Corvidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishBlue Jay
FrenchGeai bleu
SpanishArrendajo azul, Urraca azul


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.

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.

Where When to Spot

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



2020-09-12Parc Bernard-Landry
2019-05-06Parc de la Frayère
2018-08-18Lac Masson

Last updated on 2023-05-06. 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.