Lidth’s Jay

The Lidth’s Jay (Garrulus lidthi) is slightly larger than its close relative the Eurasian Jay, with a proportionately stouter bill and also a longer tail. It has no discernible crest, with the head feathers a velvety black, the shoulders and back a deep purplish blue and all other parts a rich chestnut purple.

Distribution / Range

This jay has a very restricted distribution occurring only on the southern Japanese islands of Amami ?shima and Tokunoshima in pine forest, sub-tropical woodland and cultivated areas especially around villages. (Please refer to below map.)

Diet / Feeding

Food is largely made up of the acorns of the native oak Quercus cuspidata but includes small reptiles and invertebrates (i.e., insects) of many types.

Nesting / Breeding

The bird nests in large cavities in trees but otherwise the nest is the same as that of the other two Garrulus species with 3-4 eggs.

Calls / Vocalization

The voice is similar to that of the Eurasian Jay.

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