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  • Pica pica
  • Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
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About the Eurasian Jay

Also known as: Acorn Jay, Jay, Black-throated Jay, Common Jay, European Jay, Red-crowned Jay, White-eared Jay

The Eurasian Jay is a species of corvid that lives across much of Europe and temperate parts of Asia. There are over thirty recognized subspecies of this common and widespread bird. The nominate European group displays the streaked head found on our Birdorable bird. Other subspecies may have black caps, reddish heads, or different colored wing-patches. Males and females look alike.

The Eurasian Jay, known simply as Jay by English-speakers across the bird's range, is part of the corvid family. This group includes crows and ravens. The family is well-known for its intelligence. The Jay in particular is known to be a skilled mimic, able to copy the songs or calls of other bird species.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 July 2012
Scientific Name Garrulus glandarius
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Garrulus
  • G. glandarius
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14 inches
21 to 23 inches
5 to 6.75 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia

International Names

  • 松鸦 (Chinese)
  • sojka obecná (Czech)
  • Skovskade (Danish)
  • Gaai (Dutch)
  • närhi (Finnish)
  • Geai des chênes (French)
  • Eichelhäher (German)
  • Ghiandaia eurasiatica (Italian)
  • カケス [kakesu] (Japanese)
  • Nøtteskrike (Norwegian)
  • sójka (Polish)
  • Сойка (Russian)
  • Arrendajo Euroasiático (Spanish)
  • Nötskrika (Swedish)

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