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Common Jay

The Common Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a species of bird in the Corvidae family. It is recognizable by its colorful plumage, striped with black and white on the head, whose feathers can stand up (erectile crest). Its beak is extended by a black band under the eye which gives the impression that it has some kind of black whiskers. Its body is pinkish brown above and lighter brown below, its tail is black, its rump and underbelly white, its primaries of the wings are bright blue and black.

Its diet is omnivorous: like tits and sparrows, it feeds on larvae and insects, but it also has a vegetable diet (acorns, nuts, chestnuts...). He is particularly fond of the acorns of the oaks which he hides for the winter. Like all corvids, and many other forest species6, it is occasionally a predator of other birds (especially in spring); it does not hesitate to attack the nests of small birds to eat their eggs or even chicks (more rarely). He can steal an egg in seconds. This is the origin of its reputation as nest raiders.

It lives throughout Europe, except for the most northern areas (Iceland, northern Ireland, Scotland and notable parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia), in North Africa North and throughout mainland Asia. In the coldest areas of its habitat (Sweden, Norway and Poland), the populations of the jay of the oaks migrate, in autumn, towards more southern regions.

It is a "lookout" bird whose shrill cry is reputed to alert its congeners, but also some of the animals of the undergrowth and the forest, at the approach of a predator or an intruder (such as a walker ). The highly interspecific value of the Jay's calls justifies the term "sentinel of the forest" attributed to this species.

Source: Wikipedia

Common Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Rochefort (Belgium)
November 2022