- Blue jays prefer living in evergreen forests, but they can also be found in farmlands, groves, and suburbs.
- Disturbance after eggs are laid provides opportunities for predation by carrion crows, jays, kestrels, magpies, foxes and mink.
- It has been estimated that a single jay could ‘plant’ up to 3000 acorns in a single month.
- Anyone who has watched crows, jays, ravens and other members of the corvid family will know they're anything but ‘birdbrained.’
- Such avian predators as European jays and great-spotted woodpeckers cannot open the nest-boxes at the study area, whereas martens easily enter nest-boxes by removing the top.
- West Nile virus infects many different bird species, but it appears to be lethal to crows, jays, and hawks.
- A number of jays live in family groups, but sharing of cached food has not been demonstrated.
- Blue jays are among the most colourful and intelligent back yard visitors.
- The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks.
- Take a moment and picture what you expect to see: familiar trees and flowers, perhaps singing robins or squawking jays.