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]

ImageScientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Cyanocitta cristataBlue jayeastern and central United States, Newfoundland, Canada[2]
Cyanocitta stelleriSteller's jaywest of the Rocky Mountains

C. cristata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Strickland, 1845
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.

The name Cyanocitta is a combination of the Greek words kuanos, meaning "dark blue" and kitta, meaning "jay".[3]


  1. "ITIS Report: Cyanocitta". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. Smith, Kimberley G.; Tarvin, Kevin A.; Woolfenden, Glen E. (2013-12-04). Poole, A. F. (ed.). "Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)". The Birds of North America Online. Ithaca, New York: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. doi:10.2173/bna.469. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
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