The jay

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​​​​​Garrulus glandarius

This bird from the crow family has sedentary behaviour and is quite easy to see, something which makes it no less interesting. Always linked to woodland, in the summer it frequents open woodland and in the winter, when food is more scarce, denser woodland.

It is a social species, and in the spring it gathers in ceremonies in which they pursue each other, beating their wings slowly.

They eat acorns, eggs, birds, insects and larvae and occasionally worms, mice and lizards. Another interesting fact about them is that in the autumn they bury acorns which they eat in times of scarcity.

Photo: Luc Viatour