Jay


Jay

Although they are the most colourful members of the crow family, jays are actually quite difficult to see. They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover. The screaming call usually lets you know a jay is about and it is usually given when a bird is on the move, so watch for a bird flying between the trees with its distinctive flash of white on the rump. Jays are famous for their acorn feeding habits and in the autumn you may see them burying acorns for retrieving later in the winter.


Identification

Male
Crow- like, black and white crown, tail black medium in length, white rump with buff-brown upperparts and black wings; pinkish buff breast ans belly.Distinctive blue & white barred patch on on wing converts.
Size
33 - 36cms (13 - 14')
Bill
Black, short & thin
Legs
Buff: medium in length
Habitat
Forests, hedges, heaths and gardens
Behaviour
Perches openly, hops, flits, takes off from vegetation or the ground.
Flocking
1 - 10
Flight
Laboured; direct
Voice
Harsh kaaa

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Cup in tree fork
Eggs
5 - 7 pale green, speckled
Incubation Period
16 - 17 days
Broods
1; April - May
Food
Nuts, nestlings, worms, insects
UK Breeding Pairs
100,000

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