Featured in The World As We See It, or as we missed it – Sep 20, 2010

The Grey Jay (Perisoreus canadensis), also Canada Jay, or Whiskey Jack is a member of the crow and jay family (Corvidae) found in the boreal forests across North America north to the tree-line and in subalpine forests of the Rocky Mountains south to New Mexico and Arizona. It is one of three members of the genus Perisoreus, the others being the Siberian Jay, P. infaustus, found from Norway to eastern Russia and the Sichuan Jay, P. internigrans, restricted to the mountains of eastern Tibet and northwestern Sichuan. All three species store food and live year-round on permanent territories in coniferous forests.
Although the Grey Jay can fluff up its dense plumage and give the impression of large size, it is actually one of the smallest jays in the world.
Both sexes typically have light gray underparts, medium-grey upperparts, and a partial black cap on the back of an otherwise white head.
Juvenile plumage (retained until August) is sooty grey all over, though slightly darker on the head.

In addition to the once official ‘Canada Jay’ name, there are, lumberjack, meat-bird, camp robber, venison-hawk, moose-bird, gorby and, most notable of all, ‘whiskeyjack’. This a corruption of an aboriginal name, variously written as wiskedjak, whiskachon, wisakadjak, and many other variants, of a mischievous prankster prominent in Algonquian mythology.
Photographed near Cameron Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.

*Canon XSi with 75-300mm lens, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO-200, 300mm.


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  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 3 years ago

    Aw … he is a bit gray and so are his surroundings. Lovely informatve write-up. My Colorado book says these guys are camp robbers and familiar to picnic areas in the higher elevations. I haven’t been lucky enough to spot them yet. Hope to when visiting the Rockies. Barb

  • Thank you Barb. I saw many of them on this trip so I’m pretty sure you’ll find them in the Rockies.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 3 years ago

    Nice one Teresa. These guys are sure fun to watch aren’t they. Interesting read as well . :>)) Leslie

  • Thank you sweetie. I sure had fun watching him.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you very much Cheryl.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Well how awesome,….great narrative,…like the part about them storing food,…

  • Thank you John. They really are very interesting birds and so much fun to watch.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice work Teresa, love the detail here, and a fascinating read as well

  • Thank you Larry.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    This is just lovely, such a great image.

  • Didn’t want to pose for me. I had to hide behind the tree to get this one. Thanks for commenting.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeover 3 years ago

    Wonderful vista !

  • Thank you very much.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • LoreLeft27
    LoreLeft27over 3 years ago

    gorgeous bird wonderful shot

  • I made you busy. I’m so glad you like my work so much.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature Trish. Much appreciated.

    – Teresa Zieba

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