Canada / Grey Jay
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Corvida
Superfamily: Corvoidea
Family: Corvidae
Subfamily: Perisoreinae
Genus: Perisoreus
Species: P. canadensis
Binomial name
Perisoreus canadensis
Linnaeus, 1766
  • P. c. pacificus Pacific Jay
  • P. c. canadensis Northern Jay
  • P. c. bicolor Idaho Jay
  • P. c. capitalis Rocky Mountains Jay
  • P. c. albescens Alberta Jay
  • P. c. obscurus Oregon Jay

Canada Jay, Perisoreus canadensis is a species of northern jay in the Corvidae family. It possibly forms a superspecies with Sichuan Jay and Siberian Jay.[1]

In 2018, the species' common name was changed back to Canada Jay,[2] after being voted as Canada's national bird, in order to reflect that status.[3]

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Other common names Grey Jay, Whiskey Jack


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  1. ^ Marzluff, J. (2016). Grey Jay (Perisoreus canadensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 January 2016).
  2. ^ AOS Classification Committee – North and Middle America. Proposal Set 2018-B. 17 January 2018
  3. ^ Canada's new national bird is the gray jay. 17 November 2016

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