Cyanocitta Negative Footprint or Blue Jay measures 2.5″ H x 2″ W.  Cyanocitta Negative Footprint is made of polyurethane resin in the USA. Replica is cast from original specimen.

Have fun with our animal tracks. There are endless uses for teaching opportunities such as, comparing footprints, poster coloring of the animal and footprint, or making salt dough to recreate their very own animal track to take home.

The Blue jay or Cyanocitta is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to eastern North America.

Cyanocitta or Blue Jays live in most of the eastern and central United States; some eastern populations may be migratory. Resident populations are also in Newfoundland, Canada; breeding populations are found across southern Canada.

Cyanocitta or Blue Jays build an open cup nest in the branches of a tree; both sexes participate. The clutch may be two to seven eggs, which are blueish or light brown with darker brown spots.

Young are altricial, and are brooded by the female for 8–12 days after hatching. They may stay with their parents for one to two months.

There is a pronounced crest on the head, a crown of feathers, which may be raised or lowered according to the bird’s mood. When excited or aggressive, the crest will be fully raised.

When frightened, the crest bristles outwards, brushlike. When the bird is feeding among other jays or resting, the crest is flattened on the head.

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 almost identical, but the male is slightly larger. The black plumage on its nape, face, and throat varies extensively between individuals.

As with most other blue-hued birds, the blue jay’s coloration is not derived from pigments but is the result of light interference due to the internal structure of the feathers; if a blue feather is crushed, the blue disappears because the structure is destroyed. The actual pigment in its feathers is melanin.