Gray Jay

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 November 2012
Scientific Name
Perisoreus canadensis
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Perisoreus
  • P. canadensis
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 28 March 2018)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
10 to 12 inches
17 to 18 inches
2.5 to 2.6 ounces

International Names

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