Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis
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Length: 12 in. (29 cm )
Often a bold and fearless resident of picnic tables and human camping areas in coniferous forest and mountains. The Gray Jay eats insects, fruit, and dead animals. It often caches mouths-full of food in branches and needles of trees for use in leaner times. The nest is large and woven from sticks, bark, moss and mammal hair and well insulated from the early spring cold temperatures. It is placed on a horizontal branch near the trunk In especially hard winters, Gray Jays move down to lower altitudes.

The four-digit banding code is GRAJ.

Fir forest
Bird Sound Type: Warbling
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Gray Jay
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: October 20, 2021
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