French: Geai bleu German: Blauhäher Spanish: Chara azul
in America septentrionali = south-eastern South Carolina, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. bromia
Oberholser, 1921 – S Canada from E British Columbia E to Newfoundland, S in USA from North Dakota to E Montana, NE Nebraska and C Missouri and, in E, to SC Illinois, C Indiana, NE Kentucky, NE Tennessee and SC Virginia; in winter also to SE USA (Texas to NE Georgia).
C. c. cyanotephra
Sutton, 1935 – from SE Wyoming and Nebraska (except NE) S through E Colorado, W Kansas and Oklahoma to N Texas.
C. c. cristata
(Linnaeus, 1758) – from S Missouri, S Illinois, SW Indiana, W Kentucky, Tennessee (except extreme NE), SW Virginia and North Carolina S to SE Texas, coastal Gulf of Mexico and C Florida.
C. c. semplei
Todd, 1928 – S half of Florida (S from Hillsborough and Osceola Counties).
25–30 cm; 70–100 g. Small jay, blue, white and black with distinctive but short erectile crest, medium-long graduated tail, and grey to blue rictal bristles... read more
Large vocabulary of graded calls, divided into five broad categories. (1) "Jeers" are... read more
Forest and woodland, whether coniferous, deciduous or mixed, with openings and extensive edge.... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but seasonal specialist on mast crops. Large sample of stomach contents from 1920s contained 22% insects, 43% hard mast (mostly... read more
Nest-building begins in mid-Mar, and laying from early Apr in S to mid-May in N of range. Long-term socially monogamous pair-bond. Solitary... read more
At least some individuals resident in all parts of range. Except in extreme S, up to probably not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range. Density variable with habitat, 7–28 pairs/100 ha; densities in towns may exceed those in forested areas. Has bred once... read more
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