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Gray Jay

Gray-cheeked Thrush
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  • Dumetella carolinensis
  • Thrushes & Mimids

About the Gray Jay

Also known as: Whiskey Jack, Grey Jay, Canada Jay, Alaska Jay, Alberta Jay, Camp Robber, Grease Bird, Labrador Jay, Moose Bird, Rocky Mountain Jay, Venison Heron, White-headed Jay

The Gray Jay is a particularly cute species of corvid that lives across northern parts of North America. The corvid family includes other jays, as well as crows and ravens. Corvids are known for their high intelligence.

Gray Jays are non-migratory; they live year-round in northern boreal forests and into sub-alpine mountainous habitat into the Rocky Mountains.

Gray Jays are omnivorous, opportunistic feeders. They forage on plant materials like nuts, but will also eat nestlings or eggs from other birds, as well as scavenging carrion and around garbage dumps. They also cache food for later consumption.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 13 November 2012
Scientific Name Perisoreus canadensis
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Perisoreus
  • P. canadensis
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 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
10 to 12 inches
17 to 18 inches
2.5 to 2.6 ounces
Range North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 灰噪鸦 (Chinese)
  • sojka šedá (Czech)
  • Grå / Canadisk Lavskrige (Danish)
  • Canadese Taigagaai (Dutch)
  • harmaakuukkeli (Finnish)
  • Mésangeai du Canada (French)
  • Meisenhäher (German)
  • Ghiandaia grigia canadese (Italian)
  • カナダカケス [kanadakakesu] (Japanese)
  • Gråskrike (Norwegian)
  • sójka kanadyjska (Polish)
  • Канадская кукша (Russian)
  • Arrendajo Canadiense (Spanish)
  • Grå lavskrika (Swedish)

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