Jays Around the World

Jet Eliot

Turquoise Jay, Ecuador Turquoise Jay, Ecuador

You can only find the elegant Turquoise Jay in three countries in South America.  They prefer humid montane forests for their omnivorous diet, and live in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru.  Jays, however, are a successful and prevalent species and can be found all over the world.  There is probably at least one jay with which you are already familiar.

Jays are members of the Corvidae family, which also include crows, magpies, ravens, rooks, nutcrackers, jackdaws, and others.  They are everywhere except on the tip of South America and polar ice caps.  Considered the most intelligent bird on earth, Corvids are also one of the most intelligent of all animals due to their self-awareness and tool-making skills.  There are over 120 species of Corvids and these are classified with many sub-species.

Magpie Jay, Mexico Magpie Jay, Mexico

If you have jays regularly around your home, you might have noticed they will…

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