blue jay

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

blue jay,

common name for a familiar bird (Cyanocitta cristata) of central and E North America, allied to the crow, the raven, and the magpie, belonging to the family Corvidae. Almost a foot (30 cm) long, it is handsome and conspicuous. Its upper parts, including the crest, are grayish violet blue. The wings and tail are bright blue with black and white markings, the neck is collared with black, and the under parts are gray and white. Except during the nesting season it has a raucous cry with hawklike and other imitative sounds. Some winter in their northern range, but many travel south. They feed chiefly on large insects, seeds, and nuts (especially acorns and beechnuts); they also eat eggs and nestlings. When the female blue jay is incubating, she is fed by the male. Blue jays are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Corvidae.
References in periodicals archive ?
Following the opening series in Cleveland, the Blue Jays and Sportsnet return home to Rogers Centre in Toronto for the much anticipated - and sold out - Honda Home Opener versus the Boston Red Sox on Monday, April 9.
During the regular season, the Blue Jays finished in first place with an 11-1 mark.
com; or Jay Stenhouse of Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, +1-416-341-1248, or jay.
Alomar, who became the third Puerto Rican player to be inducted after Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Clemente, gave the first part of his speech in Spanish to honor his roots and then singled out his years in Toronto with the Blue Jays.
Two of the live individuals had pieces of Blue Jay muscle tissue on their bills.
Toms: Realignment is a Must for the Blue Jays (http://bizofbaseball.
The Blue Jays did just enough, though, taking control of the game in the fifth inning when they put together four consecutive two-out hits to score three runs and take the lead for good.
As the exclusive category partner for laptops and tablets, Acer will have its presence known with marketing programs and in-stadium promotions designed to ensure Toronto Blue Jays fans enjoy their favorite team while getting to know more about Acer.
Dustin Pedroia homered and scored the tying run as the Red Sox handed new Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos his second blown save in three appearances.
We're excited to watch the Toronto Blue Jays in what we know will be a promising year for the team.
259 average with 25 doubles, 17 home runs and had 50 RBI in career half season, his first with the Blue Jays.