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Provincial Bird

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) was officially named the provincial bird during the 1977 session of the PEI Legislative Assembly. It was chosen after a province-wide public vote held during environment week in 1976.

It is easily identified by its prominent sky-blue hood, wings and tail feathers. Its throat and breast are white, and horizontal black arcs accent the wing tips and long tail.

Common to the Island all year long, during the spring and summer, the Blue Jay secludes itself in woodland areas where it nestles, feeds and raises its young. In the autumn, it prepares for winter by gathering food - grains, seeds and suet. Winter is the ideal time for sighting the Blue Jay, its shrill cries cutting the silence of the crisp winter air.

 


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Website: Provincial Bird Website


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