The Blue Jay received its name because of the "jay" call it makes when communicating with other Blue Jays, whether it is warning of impending danger or just socializing. Of course, we all can figure out why the "Blue" was added to the name!
Blue Jays mate for life. Although the average life span of the Blue Jay in the wild is about 7 years, there have been some Blue Jays who have lived up to 17 years!
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Nesting Habits of the Blue Jay
Blue Jays build their nests in tree branches or where there is a "V" in the tree. The nest is made from grass, small twigs, leaves, and bark and is sometimes "glued" together with mud.
The female Blue Jay will lay between 3-6 eggs which she will incubate for up to 18 days. Sometimes the male will assist with the incubation, though his main task is to bring food to the female Blue Jay as she sits on the nest.
The baby Blue Jay chicks fledge in about three weeks and will leave the nesting area in about 2 months.
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