Perhaps the situation is familiar to some of you: You are walking through the forest, relaxed and without suspecting anything bad, and suddenly a wild screeching sounds, which goes through your marrow and bone. The originator of the shrill alarm signal is most probably the jay, which some bird lovers refer to as the “policeman of the forest” for this reason. Whether this title is really appropriate will be clarified later. The fact is, however, that almost nothing escapes the jaybird’s keen senses and that it has been able to protect countless forest animals from their natural enemies or stalking hunters from its safe hiding place in the treetops.
The jays belong to the genus of raven birds. Unlike its relatives, the raven crows, jackdaws and swedes, it does not have black plumage. A jay can be recognised by its slightly pink shimmering brown plumage, the blue-black accents on its flights and its black and white forehead. It grows to about 35 centimetres and can reach an age of up to 17 years. The bird is at home mainly in the forests and parks of Europe, but it can also be found in Russia, North Africa and parts of Asia.