Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
Eurasian Jay, Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England, May 2020 - click for larger image

Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England
May 2020

The Eurasian Jay is found across a wide part of Europe and into Asia as far as China. See the distribution map at xeno-canto. It is found in a variety of woodlands but oak, beech and hornbeam is preferred.

This is mainly because one of its principal foodstuffs is acorns but they also eat beech nuts and hornbeam seeds. In autumn they can be seen collecting acorns and burying them in a cache to feed on over the winter. It has been said that they also harvest the young shoots of the acorns in spring to feed their offspring.

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