The genus Garrulus contains the True Jays, of which there are numerous species in Europe and Asia, three being found within the limits of the Indian Empire. These Indian Jays are resident species, but one or perhaps two of them may be partially migratory, to the extent of moving up and down the slopes of the Himalayas according to season.
The Jays are birds of bright plumage, the wing especially being marked with vivid blue. They inhabit woods, have harsh cries, are rather shy, and live on all kinds of food, both animal and vegetable. They construct large open nests of twigs and lay eggs marked with brown.
In the Jays the bill is strong, about three-quarters the Length of the head, and the commissure is straight. The naral bristles are short and numerous, completely covering the nostrils. The tail is of medium Length and slightly graduated.
Key to the Species.
a. Forehead and crown black; tail blue barred with black …………G. lanceolatus, p. 38.
b. Forehead white ; crown black ; tail black………………….G. leucotis, p. 39.
c. Forehead and crown vinaceous like the back; tail black……………G. bispecularis, p. 30.