The name jay derives from the bird’s noisy, garrulous nature and has been applied to other birds of the same family, which are also mostly gregarious. Jays are also called jaybirds.Blue jay.
|colspan=“2”>Blue jay Temporal range: Piacenzian - present|
What do jays look like? The jay has pale pink plumage, a black tail and white rump. Its head has a pale crown with black streaks, and black facial markings and bill. Its wings are black and white with a panel of distinctive electric-blue feathers.
It has white cheeks, black moustache, black tail and a thick black bill tipped with yellowish-orange. Female jays are slightly smaller and duller than males. Both male and female jays look alike, but mature females are streaked on their breast, whereas adult males have no streaks.
The female’s head, crest, and back are a deep blue-gray, while the plumage on the wings and tail are bright blue, with black bars and white spots. The underside (chest, abdomen, and underneath the tail) is ashy-white. Her legs and feet are black and her eyes are dark brown.
Lives in both deciduous and coniferous woodland, parks and mature gardens. Likes oak trees in autumn when there are plenty of acorns. Often seen flying across a woodland glade giving its screeching call, it becomes more obvious in autumn when it may fly some distance in the open in search of acorns.
Examples of birds that look like blue jays include belted kingfisher, black-throated blue warbler, blue grosbeak, blue-gray tanager, and California scrub-jay. There are many different types of birds in the world, and although they all look unique, some of them can be mistaken for other types of birds.
Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws, Magpies and Jays are all part of the Corvid family and are considered to be a pest bird species, all are on the general licence and subject to control methods, they both injure or destroy song or game bird nests and eggs.
In the years preceding 1998, Jays rarely ever ventured into gardens; however, because of recent depleted stocks of acorns, it’s now possible to observe them quite frequently in the garden. One specific characteristic of the Jay is their habit of hoarding and storing acorns for the winter period.
Although a wary species, individual jays may become surprisingly approachable when they visit gardens to take bird table fare or cache acorns.
Both male and female jays have the same plumage, so it is often difficult to tell them apart by just looking at them. However, male jays have been known to be slightly larger in size than the females, but this only be noticeable when a male and female are seen together.
Jay diet and food
The Jay’s diet, like most corvids, is highly varied and includes insects (especially caterpillars and beetles), earthworms, mice, eggs and young birds, seeds, grain and fruit.
Blue jay symbolism may mean many things. It mainly symbolizes communication, trust, loyalty, deceit, inner power/wisdom/ higher awareness, etc.
Jays are corvids – members of the crow family. The jays we see in Britain are Eurasian jays. With their pinkish plumage, and characteristic flash of blue, they will be familiar to many people as woodland birds that are increasingly seen in gardens, even in cities.
The Blue Jay vocalization most often considered a song is the “whisper song,” a soft, quiet conglomeration of clicks, chucks, whirrs, whines, liquid notes, and elements of other calls; a singing bout may last longer than 2 minutes.
Blue Jays are common, but their populations have declined by an estimated 0.6% per year for a cumulative decline of about 27% between 1966 and 2019 according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 17 million.
Although there is no concern about the conservation of blue jays, 30% of the population is a very large amount of birds. I found that the main cause of decline in numbers is because of habitat loss. Millions of birds lose their lives and homes to deforestation or climate change every year.
These birds are a symbol of confidence, clarity, vibrancy, and intellect. If you see a blue jay, the most common interpretation of its visit means you are a loyal and trustworthy person. You may notice them more often in times of self-doubt. The blue jay’s sense of creativity is also one of the more common beliefs.
The birds that look like blue jays include Bluebirds, California Scrub-Jay, Steller’s Jay, Green Jay, Florida Jay, and the Canada Jay. These are the couple of birds that highly resemble blue jays and might leave you feeling confused the next time you see a blue color bird fly by.
The Eurasian jay is a woodland bird that occurs over a vast region from western Europe and north-west Africa to the Indian subcontinent and further to the eastern seaboard of Asia and down into south-east Asia.
|colspan=“2”>Garrulus glandarius (Linnaeus, 1758)|
A jay is a member of a number of species of medium-sized, usually colorful and noisy, passerine birds in the crow family, Corvidae. The evolutionary relationships between the jays and the magpies are rather complex.
Adult. Blue above and white below, with a prominent crest and a bold black necklace. The wings and tail are barred with black, and it has a bold white wingbar.
The Jay is a colourful crow that is about the same size as a Jackdaw. The Jay can raise its crown feathers to a crest when excited or displaying.In Flight.
|Scientific Name||Garrulus glandarius|
|Wing Span||52-58 cm (21-23")|
|Weight||140-190 g (5-6¾ oz)|
The jay is a colourful member of the crow family, with brilliant blue wing patches.
Jays are skilful mimics of other birds and animals. When threatened, they are likely to imitate the calls of tawny owls, sparrowhawks and even domestic cats. The generic name, Garrulus, is a fitting one for this noisy, colourful crow.