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.