Garrulus glandarius - Jay

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Aves - Order: Passeriformes - Family: Corvidae

Garrulus glandarius - Portugal

Jays, brightly coloured members of the crow family, are resident in Britain all the year round.

Male and female Jays are very similar in appearance; the barred blue wing feathers are a useful identifying feature.

Garrulus glandarius - Jay, side view

Usually skulking in trees, Jays will occasionally come down to the ground to feed in gardens. They are very shy birds, however, and soon head for cover if they see someone approaching.

Garrulus glandarius - Jay

Nesting in bushes or small trees in early spring, Jays use sticks, grass and roots as building materials. A typical hatch is between five and seven; the eggs are pale green or buff with light brown speckles.


This page includes a picture kindly contributed by Ray Tipper.

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