THE JAY IS THE MOST COLOURFUL of the crow family in the UK. With a pinkish-brown back, white throat, black and white features on the rump, wings and tail, as well as a beautiful graded stripe of dark and light blue on the wings, this relatively shy bird is abundant throughout the UK.
Jays are shy and unassuming birds that love to live among the trees of deciduous and coniferous woodland. With a strong appetite for acorns, the jay can be found hoarding these nuts during autumn for later consumption in cold winters. If you don't get the chance to see one, listen for their distinctive screeching calls - click on the audio button below.