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