Canada Jay

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

Gray Jay, Whiskey Jack, Camp Robber

Dark gray above and light gray below with a black patch on the back of their head and a white cap and throat, Canada Jay are a familiar visitor at campgrounds in the evergreen forests of Alaska, Canada, and the mountains of the western United States.

Canada Jay are highly curious and always on the lookout for food, anything from berries to small animals to handouts from hikers. You'll usually find them in small flocks.

Canada Jay are 10-13 in long with a wingspan of 18 in. They have a round head, a short bill, and a long tail. They live year-round in the northern forests and nest in late winter, incubating eggs at temperatures that may drop below minus 20F.

Could it be? Canada Jay and Steller's Jay share the same habitat but are easy to tell apart as Steller's Jay have a black head and dark blue body.

Did you know? Canada Jay store large quantities of food in bark crevices to eat in winter and use sticky saliva to glue small food items to tree branches.

See Also: Blue Jay, Steller's Jay