Definition of blue jay in English:

blue jay


  • 1A common North American jay with a blue crest, back, wings, and tail.

    Cyanocitta cristata, family Corvidae

    • ‘Closing my eyes to better appreciate the feelings crashing through me, I found that I understood the blue jays, robins, sparrows, and finches.’
    • ‘By the way, I've been called to task for not mentioning that safflower seed is very popular with cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, doves, house finches, wrens, titmice and even bluebirds.’
    • ‘Feline predators are believed to prey on common species, such as cardinals, blue jays, and house wrens, as well as rare and endangered species, such as piping plovers and Florida scrub jays.’
    • ‘This fracturing allows birds of the forest edge, such as cowbirds and blue jays, to parasitize and prey upon the thrushes.’
    • ‘We here in the East are limited to the common crow, blue jay and in the western part of our state to the raven.’
    • ‘The crow intervened not to protect its fellow corvid - blue jays strongly dislike crows, and the feeling, I am sure, is mutual - but solely because a crow cannot resist the temptation to bully a small raptor.’
    • ‘I see evidence of nesting by fox squirrels, blue jays, American robins, and Baltimore orioles.’
    • ‘But periods of high heat and drought send such common urban-dwelling species as crows, blue jays and robins out of the city in search of fresh water.’
    • ‘Central Park is rife with robins, great with grackles, and burgeoning with blue jays.’
    • ‘Other birds - such as pine siskins, crossbills, evening grosbeaks, snow buntings, and some blue jays - fly south to Massachusetts from Canada.’
    • ‘Although cardinals, chickadees, titmice, blue jays, nuthatches and finches will eat the large striped sunflower seed, there is much less waste and a bit more nutrition in the small, oil type.’
    • ‘This can be very threatening to potential predators and often assures that the colony will be left alone, particularly by smaller predators such as blue jays or grackles.’
    • ‘Who has seen a blue jay - bluebird, whatever they are - who has ever seen a bluebird except on greeting cards, and people who live in rural America?’
    • ‘All of the usual suspects - the starlings, pigeons, doves, grackles, cardinals, robins, blue jays, and waterfowl - could be found at Inwood Hill.’
    • ‘She got five more phone calls throughout the day and four on Sunday, but my gosh, who has time for idle chatter or being invited to parties and things when you had a baby blue jay to be taken care of and kept secret?’
    • ‘Pigeons are predominant, but, as you explore, you see sparrows and bluebirds and flickers and blue jays and wrens and kestrels and starlings and robins.’
    • ‘Use a feeder that holds sunflower seeds to draw cardinals, towhees and blue jays.’
    • ‘We waited hours for several common birds - blue jay, northern flicker, and fish crow - but missed red-winged blackbird and American robin.’
    • ‘We cannot recall ever having such large families of cardinals, downy and hairy woodpeckers, English sparrows, blue jays, titmice and chickadees.’
    • ‘Chickadees, tufted titmice, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, juncos and red-headed woodpeckers all come to feast on the scrumptious mixture of seeds, nuts and cracked corn I put out for them.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for roller (sense 4)