Did you know? Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

In the spotlight this week it’s our most colourful crow… the Eurasian Jay.

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) -- photograph by Luc Viatour via WikipediaDid you know?:

  • Ireland has it’s own sub species of jay (Garrulus glandarius hibernicus) which is genetically distinct to populations in Britain and mainland Europe.
  • A single jay buries several thousand acorns each autumn as a food cache, some of which they invariably forget… jays play an invaluable role in the distribution of our native oak trees.
  • Aggregations of Jays form “crow marriages” in spring, as birds come together to find mates.

Over to you… share your most amazing jay facts in the comments below!

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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