Canada Jay

The Canada Jay, grey/gray jay, or whisky jack is a passerine bird of the family Corvidae, and is the national bird of Canada. It is found year-round in the coniferous northern forests of North America.

This bird has pale grey underparts, darker grey upperparts and a grey-white head with a darker grey nape.
Canada Jays typically mate at about 2 years of age, breeding young cooperatively, and subsequently forming monogamous pair bonds. They are however often joined by one or two of their offspring from the previous season, forming small families.

They are omnivorous and often hunt the nestlings of other birds, but also feed on small mammals, amphibians, insects, as well as carrion, fungi, mould, berries and seeds. They are known to hide or cache food stocks around the forest during summer, returning to them in winter or when food is scarce.

They are currently classified as Least Concern with stable populations over large swathes of northern forests, but they are predated upon by owls, hawks, fishers, marten, and red squirrels for their eggs and/or young.

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