Jay - Garrulus glandarius


    The Jay is the most colourful member of the crow family but it is very shy and hard to see. They are noisy and the cry as it moves between trees usually gives it away. It also has a white rump and broad, almost butterfly-like wings in flight.

    Identification difficulty


    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    It eats mainly acorns, nuts, seeds and insects, but also eats nestlings of other birds and small mammals.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common and widespread as a breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map