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Eurasian Jay

Garrulus glandarius

The Eurasian jay hides skillfully among the branches. Photo Aaro Toivio.

General information. The Eurasian jay nests sparsely in Finland’s coniferous forests. Research has indicated that the nesting population has increased somewhat over the last 22 years. During the nesting season, the Eurasian jay remains hidden, in silence, often remaining undetected in bird censuses.

  • Length 35 cm
  • Nests in dense forests, usually in a spruce or pine tree
  • Sedentary species
  • Feeds on insects, worms, grain and fruit

Habitat. The Eurasian jay thrives in coniferous forests. The nest is often located in the densest part of the forest, in either a young spruce or pine tree. Unlike other bird species, the Eurasian jay also nests in young plantations.

Distribution in Vaasa. The Eurasian jay was recorded during nesting season in Vaasa in approximately 100 survey blocks. It generally avoids built up areas but is still a commonly occurring nester in dense spruce copses nearby. The Eurasian jay begins lekking in March and can be observed in great numbers residing in areas suitable for its required habitat, such as farmlands by the forest edge. This was demonstrated when a total of 22 Eurasian jays were observed in a small forest area in Vanha Vaasa 17.3.2007.