Eursian jay is a small, beautiful bird which prefers to remain hidden. It is usually found solitary or in small flock. The bird is also known due its ability to mimic.
How does the bird appear…
Both sexes are similar. The bird can be easily identified by its bright blue wing patch. crown is white streaked black. Forehead, lores, eye’s area, chin and throat are white. Upper parts are pinkish-grey to reddish-brown. Rump and upper tail coverts are pure white contrasting with black tail. Vent and under tail coverts are white. The bill is blackish and strong. Eyes are bluish-white. Legs and feet are pinkish-brown.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
Eurasian Jay occupies vast region. It is found from Western Europe and north-west Africa to the Indian Subcontinent. It found in woodlands and forests particularly with Oak, as it is a Acron hoarder.
It feeds in trees as well as forages on ground. It takes a wide range of diet. The diet includes invertebrates, many insects, acorns, seeds, fruits , young birds and eggs.
Breeding & Nesting:
Breeding season varies depending on region. They are solitary nesters. Cup shaped nest is built by both male and female. Eggs hatch in 16-19 days; young ones are fed by both parents. Chicks fly away by 21-23 days.
- To keep its plumage free from parasites, it lies on top of anthills with spread wings and lets its feathers be sprayed with formic acid.
- Eurasian Jay caches acorns in winter (up to 3000 a month), and burries each acorn in the leaf litter or beneath low vegetation. The next summer, it easily finds them and feeds the germinated acorn.