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Siberian Jay

Perisoreus infaustus

  • Family: Crows – Corvidae
  • Appearance: Long-tailed dark brownish member of the crow family, about the size of a large thrush. Mainly greyish-brown in colouring, with darker brown cap and brighter rust-coloured markings on rump, edges of tail and leading edges of wings.
  • Size: Length 26–29 cm, weight 75–95 g.
  • Nest: Usually in a coniferous tree at a height of 2–10 metres, made of spruce twigs and beard lichen, lined with a layer of feathers about 2 cm deep.
  • Breeding: 3–5 eggs laid March–April. Females incubate for 19–20 days. Young leave nest after 21–23 days, but stay together in a brood with their mother for some weeks.
  • Distribution: Breeds in coniferous and mixed forest in most parts of Finland, but only sparsely in Southern and Central Finland, and absent in southwest and along south coast. Finnish breeding population estimated at 40,000–50,000 pairs.
  • Migration: Sedentary.
  • Diet: Omnivorous.
  • Calls: Varied range of calls including shrieks and mewing calls. Song soft, whistling and varied.
  • Endangerment: Near threatened, protected. Globally Least concern.

Siberian Jays are fairly dark brownish members of the crow family, about the same size as a Mistle Thrush. They are mainly greyish-brown in colouring, with darker brown caps and brighter rust-coloured markings on their rumps, the edges of their tails and the leading edges of their wings. Their legs and beaks are greyish-black, and their irises are brown. They are fearless and willing to approach people. They forage for food inquisitively, not unlike tits.

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