A black moustache descending from the corners of the bill: greater wing-coverts barred with black and blue.

Corvus glandarius, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 114. Garrulus gland. Id. torn. in. p. 65. Jay, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 362. pl. 32. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 94.


Entire length thirteen inches eight lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) one inch two lines, (from the gape) one inch five lines and a half; of the tarsus one inch eight lines and a half; of the tail five inches nine lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing seven inches three lines: breadth, wings extended, twenty-two inches.


The feathers on the forehead and crown narrow and elongated, forming a crest capable of erection, of a whitish colour streaked with black; chin whitish; a broad black moustache, about an inch in length, descending from the corners of the lower mandible: general colour of the plumage above and below reddish or purple ash; darkest on the nape and upper part of the back; rump, and lower part of the abdomen, whitish: quills and tail dusky, the former edged with white; bastard wing and greater coverts bright blue, with several narrow transverse bars of black; secondaries with an oblong white spot on their outer webs: bill Mack: irides bluish white: feet livid brown. White and other varieties sometimes occur. (Egg). Yellowish white ground, minutely and thickly speckled all over with light brown, presenting the appearance of a uniform yellow gray-brown: long. diam. one inch four lines; trans, diam. one inch.

Found in extensive woods in most parts of the kingdom. Like the last species omnivorous. Has a harsh disagreeable cry. Nest placed in close thickets, formed of sticks and lined with fibrous roots. Lays five or six eggs.