|Trees or large shrubs.
A wide range of invertebrates, acorns (which it buries
for use during winter), seeds, fruits, young birds, eggs,
mice, small reptiles and small snakes.
The Jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding
so like a different species that it is virtually impossible
to distinguish its true identity unless the Jay is seen.
It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking,
such as a Tawny Owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking
during the day. However, the Jay is a potential prey item
for owls at night and other birds of prey such as Goshawks
and Peregrines during the day.
Pinkish brown, the underparts being slightly paler. The
head has a black and white flecked crown, black moustache
and white throat. The white rump contrasts starkly with
the black tail. The iris of the eye is a pale blue, the
bill is black and the legs are pink-brown. The wings are
mostly black with white patches but also have striking
blue patches, but close to these wing patches are actually
bands of graduated shades of blue:
3-10 Smooth, glossy, pale blue-green or olive with buff-coloured