|Species:|| perisoreus canadensis|
The gray jay is a stocky and fairly large songbird with short, stout bill. Head is round, tail is long and wings are broad and rounded. The gray jais is dark gray above and light gray below, with black on the back of the head forming a partial hood. The juvenile are grayish black overall, and usually show a pale gape at the base of the bill.
Gray jays are typically in small groups. They fly in quiet swoops, generally holding their wings below the horizontal. While they have a large variety of vocalizations including hoots and chatters, they are less noisy overall than other jays. Gray Jays have very broad diets, eating anything from berries to carrion to handouts from hikers.
Distribution and HabitatEdit
Gray jays live in evergreen (especially spruce) and mixed evergreen-deciduous forest across the boreal forest of the northern United States and Canada, as well as in high mountain ranges of the West.