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Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 300mm ED f/4
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-26 9:05
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Eurasian Jay

Binomial name
Garrulus glandarius
Linnaeus, 1758

Tr : Alakarga

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Garrulus
Species: G. Glandarius

The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) occurs over a vast region from Western Europe and north-west Africa to the eastern seaboard of Asia and down into south-east Asia. Across its vast range, several very distinct racial forms have evolved to look very different from each other, especially when forms at the extremes of its range are compared.

In Europe, "Jay" is used by people who speak the English language as a synonym for the Eurasian Jay.

The Eurasian Jay was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work Systema Naturae. He recognised its affinity with other corvids, naming it Corvus glandarius.

Eight racial groups (33 subspecies in total) are recognised by Madge & Burn (1994)
the nominate group (nine European races), with a streaked crown
the cervicalis group (three races in North Africa), with a rufous nape, grey mantle, very pale head sides, and a streaked or black crown
the atricapillus group (four races in Middle East, Crimea & Turkey), with a uniform mantle & nape, black crown and very pale face
the race hyrcanus (Caspian forests of Iran), small with black forecrown and broadly-streaked hindcrown
the brandtii group (four races in Siberia and northern Japan), with a streaked crown, reddish head, dark iris and grey mantle
the leucotis group (two races in south-east Asia), with no white in the wing, a white forecrown, black hindcrown and much white on the sides of the head
the bispecularis group (six races in the Himalayan region), with an unstreaked rufous crown, and no white wing-patch
the japonicus group (four races in the southern Japanese islands), with a large white wing-patch, blackish face and scaled crown

Distribution and habitat
A member of the widespread jay group, and about the size of the Jackdaw, it inhabits mixed woodland, particularly with oaks, and is an habitual acorn hoarder. In recent years, the bird has begun to migrate into urban areas, possibly as a result of continued erosion of its woodland habitat.


Eurasian JayIts usual call is the alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the Jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the Jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a Tawny Owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the Jay is a potential prey item for owls at night and other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Peregrines during the day.

Feeding in both trees and on the ground, it takes a wide range of invertebrates including many pest insects, acorns (oak seeds, which it buries for use during winter), beech mast and other seeds, fruits such as blackberries and rowan berries, young birds and eggs, mice, small reptiles and small snakes.

It nests in trees or large shrubs laying usually 4–6 eggs that hatch after 16–19 days and are fledged generally after 21–23 days. Both sexes typically feed the young.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrulus_glandarius

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-12-26 9:41]

Fikret bey selamlar,
En şirin Karga ..!
Renk ve detay dokusu ile nefis güzellikte bir portre.
Mutlu Yıllar,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-26 12:19]

Hi Fikret,magnificent close up and details fantastics,beautiful and professional work,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-26 13:56]

Hello Fikret

Wonderful shot with good colors and details. The composition is amazing


Hello Fikret,
A beautiful portrait of this jay taken with fine details and excellent sharpness. I also like the colours, POV and blurred BG. Congratulations!

Ciao Fikret, great portrait of lovely bird, fantastic details, superb sharpness, perfect focus, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Your professional photography is once again in view in this remarkablly sharp and crisp portrait of a Jay, Fikret. Naked human eye cannot see such details that shrply. Superb natural colour tones. It is a masterpiece.
Thanks and regards.

Hallo Fikret
The natural colours and excellent detail seen in this image is worth all the praises this have received up to date and is still about to receive. Your camerawork and overall presentation is great, and I gladly add a smiley to this image. The colours is brilliant and very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • EKEY (31)
  • [2011-12-27 5:17]

Fikret Bey, cok guzel ve detayli bir alakarga karesi.
Elinize saglik..
ali riza altinok

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-27 5:28]

Hello Fikret,
Fantastic close up of this Jay portrait. Great sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful natural colours. Excellent choice of composition.

hello Fikrit
great sharpness and good details
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-12-29 7:36]

Hi Fikret,

Great close-up. Very sharp details and amazing colors.


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