The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) was officially named the provincial bird in 1977 as a result of a province-wide public vote held 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, 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.