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


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

UK Map