Webster 1913 Edition
jaj, perh. fr. OHG.
Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to
Cyanocitta, and allied genera of the family
Corvidae. They are allied to the crows, but are smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, and usually have a crest.
☞ The European jay (
Garrulus glandarius) is a large and handsomely colored species, having the body pale reddish brown, lighter beneath; tail and wing quills blackish; the primary coverts barred with bright blue and black; throat, tail coverts, and a large spot on the wings, white. Called also
Jenny jay, and
kæ. The common
Cyanocitta cristata.), and the related species, are brilliantly colored, and have a large erectile crest. The California jay (
Aphelocoma Californica), the Florida jay (
Aphelocoma Floridana), and the green jay (
Xanthoura luxuosa), of Texas and Mexico, are large, handsome, crested species. The Canada jay (
Perisoreus Canadensis), and several allied species, are much plainer and have no crest. See
Blue jay, and
any one several species of Asiatic singing birds, of the genera
Grammatoptila, and related genera of the family
as, the white-throated.
Garrulax albogularis) (also called the
white-throated laughingthrush), of India
Webster 1828 Edition