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Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
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Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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The jay is a resident bird in the UK and is to be found in old deciduous woodlands or areas where there are mature oak trees. It is a member of the crow family and the sexes are alike. Jay's are very sociable birds and so have many different calls, and can imitate other birds, especially other crows. In the garden, we are more likely to hear their "krar krar" alarm call.
This bird has an incredibly varied diet feeding on acorns, beech mast, fruits, insects, small rodents, bats, newts, birds' eggs, and young birds. In the garden they will take peanuts and kitchen scraps.

The male and female usually pair for life and their nest is built in a tree or shrub. Breeding starts in late April, producing 3-10 eggs. The young fledge in approximatly 20 days. They only produce one clutch.


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