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Eurasian Jay

Often cautious and suspicious in its I -- J

behavior, the Eurasian Jay is better known for its harsh cries than for its colorful L -plumage. It is a bird of deciduous and mixed woodland, where it lives in pairs or small groups, foraging for a variety of foods including nuts, seeds fruits, insects, and small mammals. In the fall, it collects acorns to last it through the winter, burying them in open ground and finding them months later without difficulty.

• NEST A coarse nest of twigs and woody stems, placed in a tall tree.

• Distribution From Europe and N.W. Africa through C. Asia to E. and I.E. Asia.

Family CoRVIDAE

Species Urodssa ertthror/t\ncha

1 white crown stripe

Red-billed Blue Magpie

1 white crown stripe

The slender, springy, arched tail of the Red-billed Blue Magpie jerks and flicks conspicuously as the bird moves across a forest clearing with typically long, bounding hops. The bird often hunts on the ground, taking centipedes, snails, small mammals, lizards, and even small snakes, but it spends most of its time in the trees of its mountain forest habitat. It forages in small parties for insects, eggs, forest fruits, and even nectar when the trees are in blossom. The Red-

billed Blue Magpie moves in level, flapping flight. Like many forest birds it is wary of breaking cover, and a party will cross an open space one at a time in follow-the-leader fashion. In this procedure, each bird is probably testing for danger from a fast-moving predator such as a hawk.

• NEST a flimsy cup nest of roots, leaves, and twigs, in a tall tree.

• DISTRIBUTION From Himalayas and S.China to Thailand and S. Vietnam, in forest at altitudes of up to 6,100 ft (2,100 m).

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