Where Do Blue Jays Live?

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Blue jays live in wooded forests all over North America and in close proximity to people and food sources. Learn about how blue jays find food through bird feeders and plants with berries with tips from a science teacher in this free video on animal habitats.

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Video Transcript

There's a big noisy bird at your feeder, it seems to be chasing all the other birds away. It won't let anybody else get anywhere near that bird food. It's probably a Blue Jay. I'm Janice Creneti. I've been teaching environmental and animal science for about twenty years and I'm here to answer the question, "Where do Blue Jays live"? Now when we talk about where an animal lives there's two different things that we would talk about. First would be their habitat. The habitat is the type of environment they live in. Is it a desert? Is it a forest? Well, Blue Jays are predominantly forest willing creatures. They like trees. However, in this day and age where much of the United States in particular has been developed, Blue Jays are what we call a fringe species, that means they're very good at living in close proximity with humans. So you're going to find them around those bird feeders. You'll certainly also find them in parks and gardens that are nearby. They can survive in a lot of different places. Blue Jays like I said are one of the largest songbirds and they're very aggressive and very territorial. They will chase other birds out of their territory. The other word that we use when we talk about where an animal lives is range, that means how far does it cover. Well, Blue Jays can be found pretty much all over North America. Again, as long as there's a little bit of tree cover and there's adequate food source which can be supplied by any number of bird feeders, as well as plants that have berries or plants that give seeds, Blue Jays will find plenty to eat. And because they're aggressive, they'll chase everybody else away from it as well. I'm Janice Creneti and this is, "Where do Blue Jays live"?


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