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Published on Mar 3, 2009
Transcript: "The Blue Jay is one of North Americas most recognizable birds. Found west of the Rockies from southern Canada to Florida, it has brilliant blue plumage with a crested head that can reveal the mood of the bird - fully raised to show excitement or aggression, bristled when afraid and flattened when relaxed.
Blue Jays are part of the crow family and are intelligent, aggressive birds. They can learn to mimic human speech and the cries of a hawk.
They will chase away other birds from their nest and food sources.
And, they will even chase away hawks and owls which are their predators.
Blue Jays are omnivorous and use their black bills to eat seeds, nuts, corn, grain and insects such as beetle, grasshoppers and caterpillars.
They prefer mixed woodlands, but can adapt well to human development.
Males and females look alike, but the male is a little larger. They form lifelong monogamous pairs and they male will feed the female when she is brooding the eggs."