They are found in southern Canada through eastern U. S. to Gulf Coast, westward to central Texas. There are small groups of them all the way west to Washington. Some go south (migrate) in winter and some stay in the north.
They live in oak forests and suburbs.
They are bright blue on their heads, back and wings with black stripes (bars) on their wings and tail. They have a white face, chest and belly. They have a blue head crest with a black line framing the sides of their face.
They have a loud call and can be very aggressive.
They eat nuts and seeds with some fruit and insects.
They build a nest of twigs and grass, with mud. The female lays 2-7 blue to light brown eggs with brownish spots.
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