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#3 - The Canada Jay
The Canada or Gray Jay, Perisoreus canadensis, is a a bold, curious and friendly bird, familiar to campers,
hikers and picnickers everywhere in the Rocky Mountains and coniferous forests across most of Canada.
Canada Jays
The Canada Jay feeds on almost anything: seeds, berries, bugs, fungi, and has a special curiosity of and liking for whatever humans are eating. It's not unusual to see one or two appear suddenly out of the forest, alerted to strange sounds, seeking a potential source of food.
Canada Jay
Juvenile Canada Jay
The Canada Jay is ia a bit larger than the American Robin, 11-13 in/28-33 cm. It has white cheeks, black bill, feet and legs and except for white cheeks is gray all over: dark gray on the upper parts and a lighter underside. The plumage of both sexes is similar. The juvenile (right) is a dark, sooty-gray all over. It will develop its adult colouring after the first year.
Canada Jay
One of its nicknames is "Camp Robber." It is also called the Whisky Jack, a name derived from the Algonquin name for the bird: wiskedjack. No matter what you call it, the Canada Jay is one of nature's most delightful birds.
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