Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis

Also known as: Canada Jay, Whisky Jack

28-33 cm (11-13") Locally Common. A tame, mostly quiet, boreal forest bird that may visit campsites to snatch up food scraps.

A fluffy long tailed gray jay with no crest and a tiny bill. White forehead, black through eye and behind head. Gray upperparts, pale underside. White throat and cheeks. Looks like a giant chickadee.

Juvenile: all sooty-black with a faint white whisker line.

Also known as the Canada Jay or Whisky Jack.

Song: scolds, screams, and whistles.

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Gray Jay distribution map
Gray Jay distribution map
Gray Jay winter distribution map
Gray Jay winter distribution map