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Pinkish-brown bodies, streaked crowns and beautiful electric blue on their wing feathers, these handsome birds can be most often be found in forests and woodlands. Less commonly seen than its relative, the Magpie, this pretty member of the corvid family is increasingly popular in suburban areas.

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Acorns and hazelnuts are favourites of the Jay, which they often bury or 'cache' for the winter. Though Jays have an excellent memory, they can bury so many (often thousands) over the autumn, that the forgotten nuts and seeds often grow into oak trees. Making Jays a huge regenerator of trees in the UK!