Birds A-Z

Cyprus Jay

Garrulus glandarius glaszneri


Jerome Fischer, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Cyprus Jay is a relatively big bird that lives in the forests of Cyprus. Although it is a bit shy and tends to stay hidden, it is usually noticed thanks to its loud hoarse call. It is usually seen when it flies from one tree to the other. The Cyprus Jay has a reddish forehead and so it is slightly different from the Jays of Europe. It likes burying acorns in the ground to find and eat during the winter.

Length: 32 – 35 cm

Habitat: Mountains and forests

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds, fruits

In Cyprus: Can be seen in Troodos, Paphos and Machairas Forests

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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