Bird of the week: Gray Jay

Gray Jay
(year around higher elevations)
(photo © Alix d’Entremont)
more photos: Macaulay Library

Canada Jay, Whiskey Jack
Perisoreus canadensis
Canada Jays are dark gray above and light gray below, with black on the back of the head forming a partial hood. Juveniles are grayish black overall, and usually show a pale gape at the base of the bill.
The deceptively cute Canada Jay is one of the most intrepid birds in North America, living in northern forests year-round and rearing chicks in the dark of winter. Highly curious and always on the lookout for food, Canada Jays eat just about anything, from berries to small animals. They may even land on your hand to grab a raisin or peanut. During summer they hoard food in trees to sustain themselves through bleak winters.

Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Link to Birds Page