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C. cristata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Strickland, 1845
Cyanocitta distribution.svg
Distribution of the Cyanocitta jays in North America. Red: Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), black: Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). Dotted line: irregular wintering, dashed line: irregular breeding.

Cyanocitta is a genus of birds in the family Corvidae, a family which contains the crows, jays and magpies. Established by Hugh Edwin Strickland in 1845, it contains the following species:[1]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Bluejay (Cyanocitta cristata) (1547) - Relic38.jpg Cyanocitta cristata Blue jay eastern and central United States, Newfoundland, Canada
Stellers jay - natures pics.jpg Cyanocitta stelleri Steller's jay west of the Rocky Mountains

The name Cyanocitta is a combination of the Greek words kuanos, meaning "dark blue" and kitta, meaning "jay".[2]


  1. ^ "ITIS Report: Cyanocitta". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 

External links

  • Media related to Cyanocitta at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Cyanocitta at Wikispecies

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