Species of the month: November - Jay
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Common Name: Jay
Scientific Name: Garrulus glandarius
Identification: Our most colourful corvid! The jay’s plumage is mostly a peachy colour, with bright blue patches on its wings and a distinguishing white rump, which is often seen when the jay is in flight. They also have a unique screeching call.
Behaviour: Jays can be seen hopping around the ground near trees, collecting and burying acorns. They are the least social of the corvid (crow) family but may be seen in small groups.
Diet: The main food source of the jay are acorns, which they collect and bury at this time of year to see them through the lean winter months. They will also eat other nuts and seeds, insects and even small mammals or nestlings of other birds.
Where can they be found?: Jay are most at home in woodland, but can often be spotted in parks or gardens with mature trees nearby. At this time of year they will be particularly fond of visiting anywhere with oak trees to take advantage of all the acorns.
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