Sichuan Jay

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Common Name: Sichuan Jay
Scientific Name: Perisoreus internigrans

Size: 11.8 inches (30 cm)

Habitat: Asia; endemic to China from eastern Tibet to south-east Qinghai to southern Gansu and western Sichuan. It appears to favor high-altitude (3,000-4,270 m), dry coniferous forest of mature spruce, and mixed fir and rhododendron forest, often with a poorly developed understory.

Status: Threatened. Global Population: 2,500-9,999 Mature individuals and decreasing. The main threat is likely to be the loss and fragmentation of forest, including substantial areas of the upper temperate and subalpine zone forests in Sichuan, through logging for timber and conversion to agriculture and pasture. Forest cover may also be declining on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau because the climate is progressively becoming drier.

Diet: Invertebrates and fruit.

Breeding: Little is known about the breeding habits of this jay other than Juveniles are seen in June and September and a family party was seen in mid-June.

Cool Facts: 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 Gray Jay, P. canadensis, restricted to the boreal forest and western montane regions of North America. All three species store food and live year-round on permanent territories in coniferous forests.

It forms small flocks in autumn, usually of five or six birds, but sometimes more than 10.

Contact calls include high-pitched ‘kyip’notes, sometimes extended to ‘kyip kyip kyip kyip kyip ip ip ip ip’, and mewing, rising ‘meeeoo-meeeoo’.

Found in Songbird ReMix Threatened, Endangered, Extinct 3

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