Eurasian Jay

Garrulus glandarius

(G. g. krynicki)

Armenian Name: Անտառային կաչաղակ
Eurasian Jay

See Plate 59 for Eurasian Jay and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:34-35 cm, Wing Span:52-58 cm
Distribution Map: Map 338.
Description: Dull pink body with white rump and undertail coverts. Black crown, mustache mark, flight feathers, and tail. Short rounded wings have white band on blackish secondaries and blue-and-black barred patch on upperwing. White rump and bluish wing patches especially noticeable in flight.
Behavior: Usually stays in cover of trees and shrubs. Noisy, giving loud harsh calls and mimicking other bird songs. Flies with irregular deep flaps. Forms small flocks in winter.
Habitat: Deciduous forest, wooded river valleys.
Food: Invertebrates, small vertebrates, fruits.
Nest: Cup of thin twigs in dense tree.
Eggs: 31 mm, 3-6, blue, pale yellow-brown spots.