#Nature Awareness 2/16/2013 - Blue Jay. The blue jay derives its name from its noisy, garrulous nature, and it sometimes is also called a "jaybird". Its plumage is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white. The underside is off-white and the neck is collared with black which extends to the sides of the head. The wing primaries and tail are strongly barred with black, sky-blue and white. The bill, legs, and eyes are all black. Males and females are nearly identical in this species.
 Blue jays are intelligent birds, are striking and vibrant to look at, and can make a large variety of sounds. And, individual birds may even vary perceptibly in their calling style. Like other corvids, they may learn to mimic human speech. Blue Jays can also copy the cries of local hawks so well that it is sometimes difficult to tell which it is. Their voice is typical of most jays in being varied, but the most commonly recognized sound is the alarm call, which is a loud, almost gull-like scream. There is also a high-pitched jayer-jayer call that increases in speed as the bird becomes more agitated. This particular call can be easily confused with the chickadee's song because of the slow starting chick-ah-dee-ee. Blue Jays will use these calls to band together to mob potential predators such as hawks and drive them away from the jays' nests. Blue jays, above all are also very determined and it is beneficial to note that they are also very balanced in their use of power. Symbolism: fearlessness, expression, intelligence, determination, vibrancy, balanced power