French: Geai de Lidth German: Prachthäher Spanish: Arrendajo de Lidth
Other common names: Lidth's Jay
“Asia orientali”= Amami-Oshima, Japan.
See G. lanceolatus. Monotypic.
Amami-Oshima, in N Ryukyu Is (S Japan).
38 cm; c. 125 g. A rather large, dark purplish-blue and chestnut jay with forehead and loral feathering somewhat stiffened, crown feathers very slightly elongated (can be... read more
Most frequent call a harsh, grating "kraah", readily given in alarm by flushed birds, or... read more
Mature forest of various types, both subtropical evergreen broadleaf forest and conifers; also... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Chiefly invertebrates, but also small snakes and lizards, during breeding season; at other times has fondness for chestnuts and... read more
Eggs recorded in Feb and Mar. Probably has long-term pair-bond. Solitary breeder. Nest a foundation of twigs, with deep cup lined with... read more
Mainly sedentary; some altitudinal migration at higher elevations.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Nansei Shoto EBA. Found only on Amami-O-shima and nearby tiny island of Kakeroma-jima. In 1983 a single individual was... read more
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