Jay perched on a branch (c) Mike Rawlings


Jays are strikingly coloured members of the crow family, found throughout England and Wales. During spring, gatherings of jays, known as ‘crow marriages’, take place in which individuals search for a mate. Jays' have a penchant for acorns, which they cache throughout autumn and revisit during harder times. A single bird buries several thousand nutritious nuggets each year, playing a crucial role in the spread of oak woodlands. When threatened by hawks, the usually shy jays mob their attackers, mimicking the hawk's call as an alarm.

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Scientific name: Garrulus glandarius

Rank: Species

Common names:

Eurasian jay

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Map showing the distribution of the Jay taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Jay can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Jay distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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