Jays are several species of medium-sized, usually colorful and noisy, passerine birds in the crow family Corvidae. The names jay and magpie are somewhat interchangeable, and the evolutionary relationships are rather complex. For example, the Eurasian Magpie seems more closely related to the Eurasian Jay than to the Oriental Blue and Green Magpies, whereas the Blue Jay is not closely related to either.
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“What, is the jay more precious than the lark
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel
Because his painted skin contents the eye?”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“You may call a jay a bird. Well, so he is, in a measurebecause hes got feathers on him, and dont belong to no church, perhaps; but otherwise he is just as much a human as you be. And Ill tell you for why. A jays gifts and instincts, and feelings, and interests, cover the whole ground. A jay hasnt got any more principle than a Congressman.”
—Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (18351910)
“Make a plan and you will find she has something else in mind;”
—Alan Jay Lerner (19181986)