Eurasian Jay

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 July 2012
Scientific Name
Garrulus glandarius
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Garrulus
  • G. glandarius
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 inches
21 to 23 inches
5 to 6.75 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 松鸦
Czech (Cesky) sojka obecná
Danish (Dansk) Skovskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Gaai
Finnish (Suomi) närhi
French (Français) Geai des chênes
German (Deutsch) Eichelhäher
Italian (Italiano) Ghiandaia eurasiatica
Japanese (日本語) カケス [kakesu]
Norwegian (Norsk) Nøtteskrike
Polish (Polski) sójka
Russian (русский язык) Сойка
Spanish (Español) Arrendajo Euroasiático
Swedish (Svenska) Nötskrika
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